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3.0 out of 5 stars Through a glass darkly?, 21 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West (Paperback)
This challenging book starts interestingly enough with a selection of statistics and projections about the size of the population; falling birth rates amongst ethnic European Christians and the growth in population by both birth rate and immigration amongst other groups. European politicians of the post war era failed to understand the significance of their encouragement of mass immigration, particularly to staff up already declining industries such as textiles and heavy engineering, and immigrants who had been expected to make money and go home again have in practice settled. Dreams of assimilation and integration into European ways have largely been disappointed. Caldwell regards this lack of comprehension as a Europe-wide political failure and fears trouble ahead through the strength of, in particular, a growing "Muslim" identity and a different way of being. His erudite and clear analysis left me feeling more uncertain about the future but disappointed that much of the confident assertion seemed to be based on a perspective with an undercurrent of polemic rather than a more balanced and dispassionate analysis but then maybe my own view is coloured by a wish to remain optimistic in the face of the facts? Definitely worth reading.
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