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Gypsies

ISBN-10: 0631196056
ISBN-13: 9780631196051
Edition: 2nd 1995 (Revised)
Authors: Angus Fraser
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Book details

List price: $45.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Origins
Early Migrations
Into the Byzantine Empire and the Balkans
The Great Trick
The Turn of the Tide
Pressure of the Gyves
Forces for Change
The Approach to Avernus
Modern Times
Bibliography
Index

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