Roland Clark

Roland Clark is a historian of fascism, anti-Semitism and religion in modern Eastern Europe. He has taught high school in Australia and Romania, and held an assistant professorship at Eastern Connecticut State University before joining the University of Liverpool. 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.

Within the Romanian Orthodox Church, Strong Fascist Currents Still Exist

Apr 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

Nov 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?

Oct 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...