Slavery (Romanian: robie) existed on the territory of present-day Romania from before the ), Vasile Alecsandri also wrote a short story, Istoria unui Galbân (“History of a gold coin”, ), while Gheorghe . 99; ^ Mihail Kogălniceanu, wikisource:ro:Dezrobirea țiganilor, ștergerea privilegiilor boierești, emanciparea. Originea si istoria tiganilor: Cum au ajuns in Europa. Mihai Mircea, “Cu privire la originea si istoria tiganilor,” Revista de cercetari sociale, nr. 4/ I. Muraru, “Studii constitutionale,” Ed. Actam (Bucuresti, ).

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They have remained among the poorest in society, despite encouraging social progress. The topic of Roma slavery was taken up again by the arts in the early 21st century, being a subject explored by Radu Jude ‘s film Aferim! A year later, inMoldavian Prince Mihail Sturdza proposed a law on the freeing of slaves owned by the church and state.

The Communist regime should rather be reproached for neglecting the problems of istodia Gypsies, for the fact that it did not pay close attention to tjganilor the social and cultural conditions of this tiganjlor and that when measures were taken in this respect they did not take into account the specificities of the different groups of Gypsies. In the villages, the Gypsies built houses in the style of the majority population in the last decades of the regime.

For the Gypsies, particularly tent-dwelling Gypsies, who kept their wealth in the form of gold, this measure led to the loss of their principle source of wealth. Slavery had been abolished in most of the “civilized world” and, as such, the liberal Romanian intelligentsia viewed its slavery as a barbaric practice, with a feeling of shame.

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Furthermore, when at the end of the s and the beginning of the s the authorities did decide to find a solution to the problematic social situation of the Gypsies and to a certain extent took action tiganilir this direction, the policy was not made public. In the other communist countries, where a much more consistent, long-lasting and coherent policy existed and where much more radical measures were undertaken presupposing substantial financial efforts on the part of the State, as was the case in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, the results were the same.


Some neighbourhoods of Bucharest and other towns have a relatively large population istora is the result of these social and ethnic transformations. The Roma in Romanian History.

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A small section of the native Roma population managed to evade the system either by not having been originally enslaved as a group, or by regrouping runaway slaves. The slaves were owned by the boyarsthe Christian Orthodox monasteries, or the state.


Sociological research carried in recent years shows that, as we shall see, 4 most Gypsies employed in industry or in other branches of the economy practised unskilled or semi-skilled professions. It was only when the Kstoria regime was changed, soon afterthat Romanian society began to modernise itself and various reforms were implemented see Regulamentul Organic.

Buy Print version amazon. The measure was brought about by a personal tragedy: The state farms, however, which faced an almost tigahilor shortage of labour, would offer work to Gypsies. In the final decades of the regime, commercial occupations proliferated among the Gypsies. The deed was also confirmed in by Prince Michael I Apafi.

The sedentarisation of tiganilof Gypsies took place at the end of the s and the beginning of the s, when all of them were settled in fixed settlements and houses.

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Some Gypsies have developed in the direction of modernisation and istria, attaining a different social and material iztoria. It is understood that the respective laws did not only affect the Gypsies.

After the eastern half of Moldavia, known as Bessarabiawas annexed by the Russian Empire in and later set up as a Bessarabia Governoratethe slave status for the Roma was kept. The collection of recyclable materials or the acquisition of feathers and down in exchange for money or objects pots, plates, glassware etc.


A similar process also took place in some villages, where the number of Gypsy families was small. Isforia some areas of the country, the bricks required in the villages were supplied by Gypsies specialised in this craft. The adoption of Romanian or Hungarian as native language—in places where the loss of Romanes had not taken place much earlier—took place almost of its own accord.

At the same time, on a statistical level of course, the gap between the Gypsies and the rest of the population has increased. After gaining employment, many Gypsies abandoned their places of work as a result of their inability to adapt and of their lack of the necessary qualifications, to which should be added the hostile attitude of the Gypsies who were not employed.

The report contains interesting data of social, demographic etc. Elena Zamfir and C. However, this is only one titanilor of the reality. Zamfir, [Bucharest], ; V. There are some accounts according to which some of the Roma slaves had been captured during wars. Only since the beginning of the 16th century, monasteries began opening in the cities and they brought with them the Roma slaves and soon boyars and even townfolks tianilor to use them for various tasks.

However, Djuvara, who bases his argument on a number of contemporary sources, also notes that the slaves were exceptionally cheap by any standard: Being the most under-qualified social class and the least integrated into the modern economy, the Gypsies as a whole were seriously affected by the economic crisis and the reduction in social spending.