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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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The Power of Print

The Power of Print

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Holy Legionary Youth

Roland Clark

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the Legion of the Archangel Michael's use of printing and distribution to publicize its activities and promote the movement's symbols and slogans. As legionaries began producing posters, pamphlets, postcards, and books, the writing process forced them to articulate their positions on a wide variety of issues. From 1932 onward, legionaries gave increasing importance to intellectuals and journalists who could write clearly about economics, art, literature, politics, violence, and European fascism. In the early 1930s legionaries learned how to run printing presses, sold newspapers on the streets, and organized their own distribution networks using their own couriers and the Romanian postal service. This chapter discusses the ways that the legionaries made use of political broadsheets and propaganda pamphlets to their advantage; whether they were revolting against modernism; their publication of books, pamphlets, calendars, photographs, and posters for propaganda purposes; and their connections with ultranationalist papers sympathetic to the Legion.

Keywords:   printing, Legion of the Archangel Michael, intellectuals, journalists, printing presses, newspapers, political broadsheets, pamphlets, modernism, posters

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