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Since their unexplained appearance in Europe over nine centuries ago, the gypsies have refused to fall in with conventional settled life. They remain a people whose culture and customs are beset with misunderstanding, and who cling to their distinct identity in the teeth of persistent rejection and pressure to conform. This book describes their history.

The book opens with an investigation of gypsy origins in India. The author then traces the gypsy migration from the early Middle Ages to the present, through the Middle East, Europe and the world. Throughout their known history they have been renowned for their music, metal working, fortune-telling, healing and horse-dealing; but from the outset they outraged the prejudices of the populations they encountered: they were enslaved, harrassed, outlawed and hunted. Yet against all the odds the gypsies have survived, preserving a distinctive heritage and culture that transcends national boundaries. How they did so is the compelling theme of this book.

This new paperback edition has been revised to take account of recent research and of the political changes in Eastern Europe, which have sadly been followed by a resurgence of Gypsy persecution in a number of countries.

Synopsis:

A history of the gypsies, examining the ways they have preserved a distinct heritage and culture that transcends national boundaries. Opening with a study of gypsy origins, the book traces their migration through the early Middle Ages to the present, through the Middle East, Europe and the world.

Synopsis:

The Gypsies is a millennial compendium of persecution...This sprawls over the globe and over time, but Fraser has managed to compress a huge amount of source material as well as providing a readable and up-to-date digest of a scattered store of scholarship.

Synopsis:

Since their unexplained appearance in Europe over nine centuries ago, the Gypsies have refused to fall in with conventional settled life. They remain a people whose culture and customs are beset with misunderstanding, and who cling to their distinct identity in the teeth of persistent rejection and pressure to conform. This book describes their history.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-341) and index.

About the Author

"The best general book on the Gypsies." Choice.

"This is an important book. Anyone interested in Roma in this country or elsewhere should read it." Traveller.

"Everyone has an opinion on Gypsies, and no one knows any. The opinions are almost always bad. Unfortunately, there's more published information available on the Martians than on Gypsies. Into the breach comes Angus Fraser with an accessible, well-informed introduction." Voice Literary Review.

"A particularly fascinating study, not least because of the author's precise and engaging use of the English language ... An absolutely essential foundation for embarking on this rapidly growing field." Contemporary Sociology.

"An important and welcomed contribution to the study of Gypsies." Man: The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. Origins.

2. Early Migrations.

3. Into the Byzantine Empire and the Balkans.

4. The Great Trick.

5. The Turn of the Tide.

6. Pressure of the Gyves.

7. Forces for Change.

8. The Approach to Avernus.

9. Modern Times.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631196051
Author:
Fraser, Angus
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Fraser
Location:
Oxford, UK ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Gypsies
Subject:
Europe Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Romanies
Subject:
Romanies - Europe - History
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
European History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Series:
Peoples of Europe
Series Volume:
237
Publication Date:
January 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
374
Dimensions:
9.16x6.56x.80 in. 1.17 lbs.

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Product details 374 pages Blackwell Publishers - English 9780631196051 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A history of the gypsies, examining the ways they have preserved a distinct heritage and culture that transcends national boundaries. Opening with a study of gypsy origins, the book traces their migration through the early Middle Ages to the present, through the Middle East, Europe and the world.
"Synopsis" by , The Gypsies is a millennial compendium of persecution...This sprawls over the globe and over time, but Fraser has managed to compress a huge amount of source material as well as providing a readable and up-to-date digest of a scattered store of scholarship.
"Synopsis" by , Since their unexplained appearance in Europe over nine centuries ago, the Gypsies have refused to fall in with conventional settled life. They remain a people whose culture and customs are beset with misunderstanding, and who cling to their distinct identity in the teeth of persistent rejection and pressure to conform. This book describes their history.
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