The Strange Death of Europe

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The Strange Death of Europe
The Strange Death of Europe.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorDouglas Murray
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
SubjectsPolitics, immigration, Islam
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
May 4, 2017
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages352
ISBN978-1-4729-4224-1

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam is a 2017 book by the British journalist and political commentator Douglas Murray. It was published in the United Kingdom in May 2017, and in June 2017 in the United States.

The book's title was inspired by George Dangerfield's classic of political history The Strange Death of Liberal England, published in 1935.

Thesis[edit]

Murray explores two factors that explain why European civilization as we have known it will not survive. The first is the combination of mass migration of new peoples into the continent together with Europe's negative birth rates. The second is what Murray describes as “the fact that… at the same time Europe lost faith in its beliefs, traditions, and legitimacy”.[1]

Reception[edit]

Sam Harris lauded the book as "wonderful".[2] Writing in the National Review (for which publication, Murray is a fellow contributor), Michael Brendan Dougherty praised it as "informed by actual reporting across the Continent, and a quality of writing that manages to be spritely and elegiac at the same time. Murray's is also a truly liberal intellect, in that he is free from the power that taboo exerts over the European problem, but he doesn’t betray the slightest hint of atavism or meanspiritedness".[3]

In The Daily Telegraph, Juliet Samuel summarised Murray's book by saying, "His overall thesis, that a guilt-driven and exhausted Europe is playing fast and loose with its precious modern values by embracing migration on such a scale, is hard to refute".[4]

Philosopher Roger Scruton said “This is a vitally important book, the contents of which should be known to everyone who can influence the course of events, at this critical time in the history of Europe.” The Spectator and Sunday Times journalist Rod Liddle described the book as "brilliant, important and profoundly depressing" and summarised it with "That Murray will be vilified for it by the liberals who have created the appalling mess he describes does not make it any less brilliant and important." Former Chief Rabbi and peer Jonathan Sacks also expressed a favourable view of The Strange Death of Europe, stating "Murray weaves a tale of uncontrolled immigration, failed multiculturalism, systemic self-doubt, cultural suicide and disingenuous political leadership. Accurate, insightful and devastating, with applicable lessons for countries on both sides of the Atlantic.”[5]

Conversely, writing in The Guardian, the political journalist Gaby Hinsliff described Strange Death as "gentrified xenophobia" and "Chapter after chapter circles around the same repetitive themes: migrants raping and murdering and terrorising; paeans to Christianity; long polemics about how Europe is too 'exhausted by history' and colonial guilt to face another battle, and is thus letting itself be rolled over by invaders fiercely confident in their own beliefs", while also pointing out that Murray offers little definition of the European culture he claims is under threat.[6]

A review of the book in The Economist claimed it "hit on some unfortunate truths", but "shows an incomplete picture of Europe today." Furthermore, it said that "the book would benefit, however, from far more reporting" and claimed Murray often "lets fear trump analysis" and was "prone to exaggeration." [7]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Murray, Douglas (2017-05-04), The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (Hardcover ed.), London: Bloomsbury Continuum, ISBN 978-1-4729-4224-1
    • Murray, Douglas (2018-06-14), The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (Paperback ed.), London: Bloomsbury Continuum, ISBN 978-1-4729-5800-6 - added Murray's Afterword on pp.321-337 at April 2018.
  • Murray, Douglas (2018-03-12), Der Selbstmord Europas: Immigration, Identität, Islam (in German), translated by Krisztina Koenen (EDITION TICHYS EINBLICK ed.), München: FinanzBuch Verlag, ISBN 978-3-95972-105-9
  • Murray, Douglas (2018-04-25), L'étrange suicide de l'Europe: Immigration, identité, Islam, TOUC.ESSAIS (in French), translated by Julien Funnaro, Paris: L'artilleur, ISBN 978-2-81000-825-4
  • Murray, Douglas (2018-11-15), La strana morte dell'Europa. Immigrazione, identità, Islam (in Italian), translated by Annamaria Biavasco e Valentina Guani, Vieenza: Neri Pozza Editore, ISBN 978-88-545-1701-1
  • Murray, Douglas (2018-12-14), Seiyō no jishi: Imin, Aidentitī, Isuramu (in Japanese), translated by Atsuo Machida, Takeshi Nakano (foreword), Tokyo: Toyo Keizai Inc., ISBN 978-4-492-44450-4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abrams, Elliott (12 July 2017). "The Strange Death of Europe". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Waking Up With Sam Harris #85 - Is this the End of Europe? (with Douglas Murray)". Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Dougherty, Michael Brendan (30 May 2017). "The Manchester Attack and the Death of Europe". National Review. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ Samuel, Juliet (6 May 2017). "Yanis Varoufakis and Douglas Murray: why Europe is weary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  5. ^ "The Strange Death of Europe". 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ Hinsliff, Gaby (6 May 2017). "The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray review – gentrified xenophobia". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Fearing the "suicide" of Europe". The Economist. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2018.

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