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Holy Legionary YouthFascist Activism in Interwar Romania$
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Roland Clark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453687

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453687.001.0001

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(p.245) Conclusion
Holy Legionary Youth

Roland Clark

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the book's main points about the Legion of the Archangel Michael and its fascist activism. It shows how assassinations, street battles, and religious ceremonies provided opportunities for legionaries to portray themselves as more righteous and legitimate than the state authorities they were opposing. It considers the importance of violence both to the Legion's public image and to everyday experiences of fascism for rank-and-file activists. It discusses the ways that legionaries portrayed themselves as victims of Jewish violence, used propaganda that conflated the Romanian nation with the Romanian Orthodox Church, and perceived of conversion (joining the Legion). It explains how legionaries took time to develop a fascist subjectivity and argues that the Legion's efforts to create “new men” focused on the movement itself and not on the Romanian nation, the “Jewish peril,” or the grievances of peasants or workers.

Keywords:   fascism, Legion of the Archangel Michael, activism, assassination, religious ceremonies, violence, propaganda, Romania, Romanian Orthodox Church, conversion

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