Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies)by Donald Kenrick, Gillian Taylor, Gillian Taylor
There are some seven million gypsies in Europe, an often mythologized people in the past. But now they represent a new political force, both in eastern Europe and as a new westward migration begins. The "Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies)" provides a wealth of definite, factual information about this typically hidden people, and their unique culture. This publication is designed to be a tool for those working in education, culture, civil rights, and politics, as well as the lay reader who wishes to possess an extended picture of Gypsy history. Most importantly, it serves as a concise, informative companion that is accessible and actively promotes the knowledge and acceptance of Gypsy culture and an understanding of the history of a people that have had such a dramatic impact upon Europe. A chronology provides an overview of crucial events since Gypsies came to Europe. The dictionary portion includes biographies of significant people of Gypsy origin, in science and professional fields, together with as arts and entertainment, from both the past and present. Notes on spelling, in addition to lists of abbreviations and acronyms, help the reader through the many entries on the language and culture of the Gypsies. The meaning of many Romani terms is given. Includes a bibliography and a helpful appendix of international resolutions concerning Gypsies. Major organizations and museums listed as a reference point for further investigation, and a number of journals with addresses, will allows the reader to be in contact with the vast Gypsy culture still at work in the modern world.
Author Biography: Donald Kenrick Donald Kenrick has recently retired from a career as anorganizer of Adult Education during which he pioneered basic education for gypsies and training courses for those who work with them. He has written extensively on the history, language, and culture of Gypsies. Gillian Taylor is a graduate of the University of North London. She has conducted research about popular attitudes toward Gypsies and perceptions of Gypsy culture.
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