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In Search of the True Gypsy : From Enlightenment to Final Solution - Wim Willems

In Search of the True Gypsy

From Enlightenment to Final Solution

By: Wim Willems, Don Bloch (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1998
ISBN: 9780714646886
Number Of Pages: 368

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The reader of European history who goes searching for Gypsies will only find them in footnotes. Today we still know little about how Gypsies have worked and lived through the centuries; we are guilty of the same ignorance towards non-sedentary groups in general. It has only been recognised tardily and with reluctance that during the Second World War hundreds of thousands of itinerants met the same horrendous fate as Jews and other victims of Nazism. Gypsies appear to appeal to the imagination simply as social outcasts and scapegoats or, in a flattering but no more illuminating light, as romantic outsiders. The world is patently intrigued by them, yet at the same time regards them with anxiety as 'undesirable aliens'. Where does such ambivalence come from? What ideas are involved under the surface of these mixed feelings? In this study, contemporary notions about Gypsies are traced back as far as possible to their roots, in an attempt to lay bare why stigmatisation of Gypsies, or rather groups labelled as such, has continued from the distant past even to today.

Introductionp. 1
Heinrich Moritz Gottlieb Grellmann (1753-1804): an enlightened historian and his sourcesp. 22
George Borrow (1803-81): the walking lord of Gypsy lorep. 93
The heirs of George Borrowp. 171
Robert Ritter (1901-51): eugenist and criminological biologistp. 196
Conclusionsp. 293
the publications of H.M.G. Grellmannp. 311
reviews of H.M.G. Grellmann's book on Gypsiesp. 314
sources for The Zincalip. 316
reviews of the works of George Borrowp. 318
summary of Robert Ritter's publications and lecturesp. 322
reviews of Robert Ritter's Ein Menschenschlagp. 326
Archivesp. 329
Bibliographyp. 336
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780714646886
ISBN-10: 0714646881
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 31st January 1998
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1