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The Development of Communist Policy Towards Gypsies and Roma 1945-1989: A Case Study

Stewart, MS; (2001) The Development of Communist Policy Towards Gypsies and Roma 1945-1989: A Case Study. In: Guy, W, (ed.) Between Past and Future: The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe. University of Hertfordshire Press: Hatfield.

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Abstract

Communist policy towards the Roma in the Warsaw Pact countries - once it became formulated towards the end of the 1950s - regularly adopted an approach oriented towards what we, today, would call forced-assimilation. This paper assesses the intellectual and political forces shaping communist policy and, above all, its implementation. Ironically, it could be argued that assimilationist politics in part produced greater cultural differentiation.

Type:Book chapter
Title:The Development of Communist Policy Towards Gypsies and Roma 1945-1989: A Case Study
Keywords:forced assimilation, ethnicity, communist nationality policy, Hungary
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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