The Gypsies

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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.
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Overview

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.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
British civil servant Fraser offers a thorough, scholarly survey of the origins and history of the Gypsies, the wandering pilgrims who arrived in the Balkans during the Middle Ages and gradually spread over Europe and beyond. In an academic but readable style, he writes of the Gypsies' linguistic and anthropological background, their migrations through Persia and Europe, the 15th-century persecution of them and their attempts to survive repressive legislation. In the 18th and 19th centuries, attitudes toward the Gypsies became somewhat more benign, though the Gypsies continued to resist assimilation. Fraser mentions that Gypsies joined the waves of immigrants to the United States but does not elaborate on their experiences here. After discussing Nazi repression and extermination of Gypsies, he addresses current conditions: migrations are spurred primarily by economic concerns, pentecostal Christianity is becoming popular and Gypsies are forming political organizations. Illustrations. Dec.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631159674
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Series: The Peoples of Europe Ser.
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Angus Fraser died on May 27, 2001, aged 73. He was Chairman of the UK Board of Customs and Excise and from 1988 to 1992 was Adviser to the Prime Minister on Efficiency in Government. He was knighted in 1985. He published extensively on the Gypsies.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Origins 10
The linguistic evidence 10
Physical anthropology 22
Ethnic parallels 25
Lexicostatistics 28
2 Early Migrations 33
Persia 33
Armenia 41
Social cohesion 42
3 Into the Byzantine Empire and the Balkans 45
Byzantium and Greece 45
Serbia, Bulgaria, Wallachia, Moldavia 56
4 The Great Trick 60
Imperial safe-conducts 63
New letters of protection 71
Taking stock 78
5 The Turn of the Tide 84
Germany, Austria, Switzerland 87
France 92
Spain and Portugal 96
The Low Countries 100
Italy 105
Hungary and Transylvania 107
Bohemia, Poland-Lithuania and the Ukraine 110
Scotland and England 111
Scandinavia 120
Images and stereotypes 122
European patterns 126
6 Pressure of the Gyves 129
Expulsion, assimilation, extirpation 130
Transportation 168
Within the Ottoman Empire 171
Survival of the species 176
Scant glimmerings of light 184
7 Forces for Change 190
New perceptions 190
Musical ascendancies 200
Landscapes and townscapes 208
Out of bondage 222
Renewed migrations 226
Conservation and mutation 237
8 The Approach to Avernus 247
'Combating the Gypsy nuisance' 248
The forgotten holocaust 256
9 Modern Times 270
Frontier crossings 270
Questions of policy 274
Populations and groupings 292
Turns of speech 301
Tradition of change 304
Pilgrims and Pentecostals 312
Opre Roma! 316
Bibliography 321
Index 342
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