Roland Clark

Roland Clark is a historian of fascism, anti-Semitism and religion in modern Eastern Europe. He taught high school in Australia and Romania, and held an assistant professorship at Eastern Connecticut State University before joining the University of Liverpool, where he is a senior lecturer in history. He is also a senior fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR). His prize-winning book is titled, “Holy Legionary Youth: Fascist Activism in Interwar Romania” (Cornell UP, 2015). He has been published in a variety of specialist journals, including Cultural and Social History, Patterns of Prejudice, and Contemporary European History. Clark also writes on theology and nationalism, the relationship of the Romanian Orthodox Church with religious minorities, and religious beliefs and practices in peasant and working-class communities in interwar Romania. He writes a regular blog on the theology, practice, history and sociology of religion at www.wordsbecamebooks.com. Clark holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

Exhibiting Fascism: An Exhibition Explores the Allure of Radicalism

September 23, 2021

In recent months, I have had the privilege of helping curate an exhibition, “This Fascist Life: Radical Right Movements in Interwar Europe,” which is running from October 2021 to February 2022 at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London. Just as the Science Museum’s new show, “Our Future Planet,” promises to...

How the Radical Right Bullied Professors in 1920s Austria

June 10, 2021

As universities across the United Kingdom scramble to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to sack unwanted lecturers and professors, it becomes increasingly urgent to remember the history of labor organizing in higher education. What has and hasn’t worked in the past? The University and College Union is currently...

When All Your Friends Are Fascists

August 21, 2020

The playwright Eugene Ionesco spent most of his childhood in France but moved to Bucharest, Romania, as a teenager to study at the prestigious Saint Sava National College. Calling themselves the “young generation,” he and his friends cultivated a fertile intellectual circle, making a name for themselves in the cultural...

Within the Romanian Orthodox Church, Strong Fascist Currents Still Exist

April 04, 2019

While the whole church does not support extreme right-wing platforms, ethnonationalism does have a long history in Romanian Orthodoxy. In a recent book evaluating the prospects for Romanian democracy, the prominent Austrian historian Oliver Jens Schmitt identified the Romanian Orthodox Church as one of four key institutions that have promoted...

Romania Puts Homophobia on the Ballot

November 15, 2018

Had the referendum passed, this would have made Romania the 15th European country to include a ban on same-sex marriage in its constitution — eighth in the EU. It is easy to dismiss homophobia as a product of the alt-right, and to imagine that only extremists fear and hurt those...

What’s Wrong with Anti-Semitism?

October 18, 2018

Anti-Semitism is dangerous because of what it reveals about people and systems, not just in and of itself.  In 2010, a British journalist born in Poland, Ewa Jasiewicz, spray-painted the words, “Free Gaza and Palestine” on part of the wall of the old Warsaw Ghetto, together with Yonatan Shapira, a...