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Romany Nevi-Wesh

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Product description

A rare, paperback copy of Len Smith's book, 'Romany Nevi-Wesh. An informal history of the New Forest Gypsies'.
"This important book traces the origins of the New Forest Gypsies, following their routes across continents before arriving on the shores of Britain in the 16th century. Harsh Tudor statutes proved no match for their ability to survive in wild places.
The Gypsies who settled in the New Forest found common cause with the indigenous foresters and commoners in holding on to a precarious way of life in the face of officialdom ever keen to move them on. The difficulties that they met and overcame, in the face of great prejudice, forms an important contribution to the general history of the New Forest.
That they were eventually forced to adopt a way of life for which they were totally unsuited is one of the great tragedies and injustices of the 20th century. This book unashamedly puts forward a Gypsy view of these last important years whilst there are still those alive who experienced it. The author carefully links oral tradition to research, quoting reports, to show how contemporary attitudes developed and officialdom dealt with the 'Gypsy Problem'". Illustrated with black and white photographs.

There is some light water damage to the bottom of the book and some staining to the top page edges.

Item details

Author(s):
Smith, Len
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2004
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0952317370
ISBN-13:
9780952317371
Number of pages:
190
Publisher:
Nova Foresta Publishing

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A rare, paperback copy of Len Smith's book, 'Romany Nevi-Wesh. An informal history of the New Forest Gypsies'.
"This important book traces the origins of the New Forest Gypsies, following their routes across continents before arriving on the shores of Britain in the 16th century. Harsh Tudor statutes proved no match for their ability to survive in wild places.
The Gypsies who settled in the New Forest found common cause with the indigenous foresters and commoners in holding on to a precarious way of life in the face of officialdom ever keen to move them on. The difficulties that they met and overcame, in the face of great prejudice, forms an important contribution to the general history of the New Forest.
That they were eventually forced to adopt a way of life for which they were totally unsuited is one of the great tragedies and injustices of the 20th century. This book unashamedly puts forward a Gypsy view of these last important years whilst there are still those alive who experienced it. The author carefully links oral tradition to research, quoting reports, to show how contemporary attitudes developed and officialdom dealt with the 'Gypsy Problem'". Illustrated with black and white photographs.

There is some light water damage to the bottom of the book and some staining to the top page edges.

Author(s):
Smith, Len
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
2004
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0952317370
ISBN-13:
9780952317371
Number of pages:
190
Publisher:
Nova Foresta Publishing

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