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A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia

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David Crowe draws from previously untapped East European, Russian, and traditional sources to explore the life, history, and culture of the Gypsies, or Roma, from their entrance into the region in the Middle Ages until the present.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 15th 1995 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Iris
Jun 26, 2012 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid intro for anyone who has even a passing sympathetic interest in the only (other) group of people that are hated as much as the Jews. Crowe gives a systematic re-tracing of how the Roma-I tend to avoid using the word "Gypsy" since it has too much "Hate-story" attached to it-came to be "here". In Europe,America,... and our heads.As they are...except they're not. Bothering to actually find out how "History/Hate-story" came to be written, one finds a rather remarkable timeline coveri ...more
Ryn Smith
Oct 24, 2013 Ryn Smith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, nonfiction
Interesting, but it's broken down by country, and each country follows the same general line, so once you've read the first section, you may as well have read them all.
He delves a lot into the histories of the individual countries, sometimes not mentioning the Roma for pages and pages. Honestly, the whole thing feels a bit like a brief overview of each country's history with a particular interest in how some of these events affected the Roma. This may be something that only bothers me, but I jus
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Karen
Jul 18, 2013 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
How a people who started out with unique favorable trades changed to a most despised group. Good information on the circular causes of the downward spiral based on fear of the Ottoman Empire/outsiders and dark skin until finally the Romas did reflect what they were despised for. A little too many statistics for my taste and repetitive but otherwise interesting and informative.

Julie Bell
Mar 12, 2011 Julie Bell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It was a little dry, but I definitely learned some new things about Gypsies. Like - they were paid to be sterilized and some countries imposed forced relocation of children (basically kidnapping) to attempt to integrate them into society. Those things happened in the 60s and 70s - yikes!
Janin
Apr 02, 2011 Janin rated it liked it
An good research resource for studying the Rom.
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