Reflections on the revolution in Europe: immigration, Islam, and ... - Google Books Result Christopher Caldwell - 2009 - History - 422 pages Examines the effect of immigration in Europe, caught in a demographic revolution it never expected, and discusses the increasingly assertive Muslim population ... books.google.com.au/books?isbn=0385518269... "Editorial Review - Library Journal vol. 134 iss. 10 p. 110 (c) 06/01/2009 Respected conservative journalist Caldwell (senior editor, Weekly Standard ) writes with deep skepticism about Europe's future relations with the Islamic world. He most clearly expresses his attitude when arguing that immigration has had unintended consequences, "importing not just factors of production but factors of social change." More specifically, Caldwell is concerned about what he sees as Islam's tendency to "trump" other social identities and ultimately form a single identity contrary to the values of democratic rule; at its peril, Europe neglects religion as the "anchor" of this identity. The values and culture of secular Europe are dependent on "ethical survivals of Christianity," says Caldwell, but the same is not true of Islam, despite the number of European converts. Caldwell also rejects American-style assimilation as a model for European immigrant "integration." VERDICT Regardless of one's attitude toward immigration, Caldwell interprets an important European policy debate and illuminates why anti-immigrant sentiment cannot be dismissed as simple bigotry. Recommended for informed readers.—Zachary T. Irwin, School of Humanities & Social Science, Penn State, Erie, Behrend"
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