The Society for Romanian Studies

Announces:

 

The Fourth Biennial SRS Book Prize

 

 

The committee agreed unanimously to award the prize to Roland Clark, Holy Legionary Youth: Fascist Activism in Interwar Romania (Cornell UP, 2015). Clark’s book offers a comprehensive reinterpretation of the interwar Legionary movement from the perspective of the history of everyday social life. Moving away from abstract paradigms of ‘the nature of Romanian fascism’, Clark tells us more about what the Legionaries actually did (and did not) do, using a large number of new archival sources. His book covers the career of the movement from beginning to end and treats a remarkable range of topics, with a good structure, contextualization, regional coverage, and comparison with other fascist movements. Especially impressive is the way Clark situates interwar Romanian political phenomena in the context of broader paradigms of international social, cultural, political and religious history; and brings the topic up to date with a closing reflection on the memory of Legionary activity in post-war and present-day Romanian society. For the breadth and depth of its analysis, its rich documentation and clear writing style, Clark’s work stands out against a very strong field.

 

 

SRS Book Prize Committee Members: 

Alex Drace-Francis

European Studies Department

University of Amsterdam

Kloveniersburgwal 48

AMSTERDAM 1012CX

Netherlands

 

Peter Gross

10025 Casa Real Cove

Knoxville, TN 37922

USA

Inessa Medzhibovskaya Eugene Lang College

The New School 65 West 11th Street New York, NY 10011 USA

 

About the SRS Book Prize:

 

For details of the Prize and past winners please see: https://society4romanianstudies.org/2016/06/18/awards-prizes/

 

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