The Orthodox Clergy and the Extreme Right in Interwar Romania Cover Image

Clerul ortodox și extrema dreaptă în România interbelică
The Orthodox Clergy and the Extreme Right in Interwar Romania

Author(s): Oliver Jens Schmitt
Subject(s): History, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939)
Published by: Societatea de Studii Istorice din România
Keywords: Iron Guard; Romanian Orthodox Church; cuzism; social history.

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the role of members of the Orthodox clergy in the Legionary Movement and the Cuzist parties (League of National-Christian Defence and National-Christian Party). It argues that despite a massive support for extreme right movements and parties, Romania did not develop a “clerical fascism”. Although cca one fourth of the Orthodox priests joined or supported far right movements, they were clearly underrepresented in higher party echelons.

  • Issue Year: 8/2016
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 95-115
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Romanian