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 an immense achievement. Gatrell places migration where it belongs - at the core of postwar European History. Refusing to confine himself to the well-worn territories of France, the United Kingdom and Germany, Gatrell explores migration in northern and southern Europe but also - particularly impressively - in the former Soviet Union. The topics range from the familiar - guestworkers in West Germany - to the novel - how migrants approach and understand death. The range and the quality of scholarship are magnificent. But more than that, this is an optimistic and deeply humane book, qualities found all too rarely in our time.

    Randall Hansen, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration, University of Toronto
  • With migration often characterized as a new and threatening 'crisis' in Europe, acclaimed historian Peter Gatrell recasts the history of postwar Europe as a history of migration. From the repatriation of forced laborers and prisoners at the end of World War Two to the recent arrival Syrian refugees, Europe, he shows, has always been about people on the move. This timely and must-read book offers valuable lessons from the past as well as new ways to understand just what is at stake in the debate over immigration today.

    Erika Lee, author of The Making of Asian America
  • Magisterial

    Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE, Journal of World History
  • Superb

    Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE, American Historical Review
  • Comprehensive and at times heartbreaking

    Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE, The European Review of History
  • A tour de force

    Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE, Economic History Review
  • Insightful and empathetic ... this is a volume to be celebrated

    Praise for THE MAKING OF THE MODERN REFUGEE, Journal of Palestine Studies