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Philipp Ther

The Outsider - Flight, refugees, and integration in modern Europe

(German title: Die Außenseiter)
ca. 400 pages
Clothbound
2017
Philipp Ther
Foto: Philipp Ther
© Barbara Mair/Universität Wien

Professor Philipp Ther (born 1967) lectures Modern European and East European History at the University of Vienna.

He has already published five books in English, and his publications have been translated into various other languages.

He has received several prizes and awards, including the John-F-Kennedy Fellowship at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University (in 1997/98) and the 2012 Translation Award of the German Book Trade Association (Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels) for The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe.

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»Seen historically, refugees have almost always been an enrichment.«

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Flight and integration are extremely important themes at present. They are a major reason for the rise of right-wing populist parties and are threatening to divide the EU. However, a glimpse into the depths of history puts 2015’s »refugee crisis« into perspective. Since the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492, Europe has constantly been a continent of refugees.

Philipp Ther delves into the reasons for flight: religious intolerance, radical nationalism, and political persecution. Beginning with life stories he illustrates its hardships, identifies factors for successful integration, and discusses the repeated failure of international politics and the lessons that have come out of situations like the 1951 Refugee Convention of Geneva. As Ther shows, humanitarianism in refugee policy has always been fragile. But when today the fear of a failure of integration once again dominates the headlines, it is important to remember that destination countries have almost always profited from refugees. This is proven in particular by the history of post-war Germany when the young Federal Republic became a country of refugees.

Other publications

Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent/Europe since 1989 (2014)

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English world rights (Princeton University Press), Czech Republic (Libri), Bulgaria (KX Critique & Humanism), Ukraine (Laurus Press)