The Pariah Syndrome:
An account of Gypsy slavery and persecution

by Ian Hancock

Table of Contents
I Out of India
II Reception in Europe
III Conditions of Slavery
IV Towards Abolition
V The Post-Emancipation Situation
VI Treatment Elsewhere in Europe: Transylvania, Hungary and Russia
VII Treatment Elsewhere in Europe: Spain, Portugal and France
VIII Treatment Elsewhere in Europe: Germany
IX German Treatment of Gypsies in the Twentieth Century
X German and Dutch Transportations to America
XI Treatment Elsewhere in Europe: England and Scotland
XII British Shipment to the Americas
XIII The Contemporary Situation of Gypsies in Europe
XIV The Contemporary Situation of Gypsies in North America
XV Anti-Gypsyism
XVI Afterword
XVII Appendix A: Definition of Terms
XVIII Appendix B: Media Representation of Gypsies
XIX List of Works Consulted

Notes about the web version of The Pariah Syndrome:
The author, Ian F. Hancock, of British Romani and Hungarian Romani descent, represents Roma on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is professor of Romani Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and has authored nearly 300 publications. In 1997, he was awarded the international Rafto Human Rights Prize (Norway), and in 1998 was recipient of the Gamaliel Chair in Peace and Justice (USA). To contact Dr. Hancock, send e-mail to <>. Ian Hancock
The web version of this book includes new passages by the author not found in the original printed version. The original edition of this book (1987) uses diacritics for Romanian and Romani (Rromanes), and includes texts in the Cyrillic and Greek alphabets. When possible, care has been taken to reproduce these diacritics, or their phonological equivalents. This has not been entirely possible because of HTML limitations. For a faithful rendition of all diacritics and texts, it is recommended that the printed version of The Pariah Syndrome be consulted.
Throughout, except in quotes from other works, the spelling Rumania(n), rather than the more widely-accepted Romania(n) has been preferred in order to distinguish it more readily from Romani.

Original Copyright © 1987 by Karoma Publishers, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan. ISBN 0897200799. Reproduced by the Patrin Web Journal with the generous permission of the author, Ian Hancock.

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