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

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Psychology Press, 1997 - History - 368 pages
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The reader of European history looking for information on gypsies will only find them in footnotes. It has only been recognized tardily and with reluctance that during World War II hundreds of thousands if 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 stigmatization of gypsies, or rather groups labelled as such, has continued from the distant past.
 

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Contents

lntroduction
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The heirs of George Borrow 1 7 1
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Conclusions
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the publications of H M G Grellmann 3 1 1
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reviews of the works of George Borrow
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Willems is Project Manager at the Center for the History of Migrants at the University of Amserdam.

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