Reviews

  • Peter Gatrell has produced a tour de force. With great sensitivity he follows the experiences of migrants as they encounter an often hostile and discriminatory environment in their new homes in Europe. This important and timely work on one of the most challenging issues in modern Europe deserves to be widely read.

    Ian Kershaw
  • The Unsettling of Europe is a definitive book in which Peter Gatrell proves that "what we used to have" is a chimerical idea ... A clearly written and essential history.

    David Aaronovitch, The Times
  • One of the major contributions of Peter Gatrell's meticulously researched and documented survey is to remind us of the levels of displacement and mobility that were routine and widespread across Europe in relatively recent times. [...] Gatrell's closely focused studies help us to see this set of issues as illuminating some much wider questions about the way we live now.

    Rowan Williams, The New Statesman
  • In 21st-century Europe, when politicians equate 'migration' with 'crisis', Gatrell's calmly humanist history fills a large memory hole ... Surprisingly, I was left feeling optimistic - by Gatrell's informed vision of an unstoppably interconnected world, unsettled, not by migration but by inequality, yet full of possibilities, provided we have the courage to own our history.

    Kapka Kassabova, The Spectator
  • Gatrell's eye for detail and sensitivity make this a compelling account that challenges the "us" and "them" framing into which much discussion of migration is forced. Its great strength is that it treats the emotional and cultural aspects of the subject with as much respect as the historical facts and figures.

    Daniel Trilling, The Guardian
  • The Unsettling of Europe is a positive and sympathetic book that seeks to rebalance the conversation. It is a bold, meticulously researched and frequently compelling account ... Readers are taken on a fascinating, albeit troubling journey through the moments and revolutions that shaped postwar Europe.

    Matthew Goodwin, The Sunday Times
  • Gatrell's historical long view provides a valuable reminder of what Europe went through after 1945 ... These now-distant events have every right to a place in the history books, and Gatrell has done us a service in chronicling them so engagingly.

    Paul Morland, Financial Times
  • Timely and ambitious ... Gatrell [offers a] nuanced and sympathetic treatment of the variety of the immigrant experience - and its impact on European societies.

    Jonathan Portes, The Observer
  • Excellent ... an absorbing and highly readable narrative that ought to be required reading for anyone concerned with modern migration, and not just in Europe either.

    Richard Evans, BBC History
  • Authoritative, balanced, hopeful.

    John Kerrigan, The Times Literary Supplement