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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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Mobilizing Support

Mobilizing Support

(p.63) 3 Mobilizing Support
Holy Legionary Youth

Roland Clark

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Corneliu Zelea Codreanu's efforts to mobilize support for the newly established Legion of the Archangel Michael. The Legion of the Archangel Michael emerged from the split within the ultranationalist community, as Codreanu and his followers broke away from Alexandru Constantin Cuza and his National Christian Defense League (LANC). Codreanu's legionaries spent their first years trying to justify breaking away from the LANC, which involved bringing antipoliticianism and the cult of youth to the forefront of their ideology and emphasizing that they were the legitimate heirs of the student movement of 1922. This chapter first discusses the conflict between legionaries and Grigore Bejan over the Cămin Cultural Creştin (Christian Cultural Center) used by Codreanu and other students as a meeting place. It then considers the strategies used by the legionaries to recruit students, peasants, and workers and tradesmen.

Keywords:   students, Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, Legion of the Archangel Michael, Alexandru Constantin Cuza, National Christian Defense League, antipoliticianism, Grigore Bejan, Cămin Cultural Creştin, peasants, workers and tradesmen

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