A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia

A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia 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

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  • Title: A History of the Gypsies of Eastern Europe and Russia
  • Author: David M. Crowe
  • ISBN: 9780312129460
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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    1. 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 areexcept they're not. Bothering to actually find out how "History/Hate-story" came to be written, one finds a rather remarkable timeline covering hun [...]

    2. Read this the first time back in the 1990s when I was doing research for my novel, Gypsy Spy: The Cold War Files. The same stories that captivated me over twenty years ago continue to fire my compassion for the plight of the Roma and my imagination. The Gypsies' history in Europe has been long and turbulent. David Crowe has done a great job to put their history within the context of the shifting sands and sovereigns of Eastern Europe. The material is organized geographically. The reader gets mul [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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!

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