Gypsies in the Ottoman Empire: A Contribution to the History of the Balkans (Interface Collection)

Gypsies in the Ottoman Empire: A Contribution to the History of the Balkans (Interface Collection)

by Elena Marushiakova, Vesselin Popov
     
 

"The Roma presence in the European part of the Ottoman Empire - the Balkans - is centuries old and it is not by accident that this region has often been called the second motherland of the Gypsies. From this region Gypsies moved westwards taking with them inherited Balkan cultural models and traditions." The Ottoman Empire for over five centuries had a profound… See more details below

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"The Roma presence in the European part of the Ottoman Empire - the Balkans - is centuries old and it is not by accident that this region has often been called the second motherland of the Gypsies. From this region Gypsies moved westwards taking with them inherited Balkan cultural models and traditions." The Ottoman Empire for over five centuries had a profound influence on the overall cultural and historical development of the region, including the states established in the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries whose national ideologies were based on opposition to the Empire. This book concentrates on the Balkans, since a high proportion of the Gypsy population of the Ottoman Empire was concentrated in the Balkans and there is considerable evidence about them. The authors offer an interpretation of the position of Gypsies in the general ethnic picture in the Ottoman Empire based on archival sources, mainly detailed tax registers, special laws, guild registers and court documents. Notes on Gypsies in books by foreign travellers are also included. The specific social organisation, way of life and culture of the Gypsies are explored. It includes a large amount of previously unknown data illustrating the early history of Roma communities.

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ISBN-13:
9781902806020
Publisher:
University of Hertfordshire Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Series:
Interface Collection
Pages:
108
Sales rank:
1,123,302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

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