Religious Reform and Sectarianism in Interwar Romania: The Limits of Orthodoxy and Nation-Building

The Limits of Orthodoxy and Nation-Building
Bloomsbury Academic (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 17. September 2020
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  • Hardcover
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  • 256 Seiten
978-1-350-10095-4 (ISBN)
The Romanian Orthodox Church expanded significantly after the First World War, yet Neo-Protestantism and schismatic Orthodox movements such as Old Calendarism also grew exponentially during this period, terrifying church leaders who responded by sending missionary priests into the villages to combat sectarianism. Several lay renewal movements such as the Lord's Army and the Stork's Nest also appeared within the Orthodox Church, implicating large numbers of peasants and workers in tight-knit religious communities operating at the margins of Eastern Orthodoxy.

Bringing the history of the Orthodox Church into dialogue with sectarianism, heresy, grassroots religious organization and nation-building, Roland Clark explores how competing religious groups in interwar Romania responded to and emerged out of similar catalysts, including rising literacy rates, new religious practices and a newly empowered laity inspired by universal male suffrage and a growing civil society who took control of community organizing. He also analyses how Orthodox leaders used nationalism to attack sectarians as 'un-Romanian', whilst these groups remained indifferent to the claims the nation made on their souls.

Situated at the intersection of transnational history, religious history and the history of reading, Religious Reform and Sectarianism in Interwar Romania challenges us to rethink the one-sided narratives about modernity and religious conflict in interwar Eastern Europe.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
978-1-350-10095-4 (9781350100954)
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Roland Clark is Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is the author of Holy Legionary Youth: Fascist Activism in Interwar Romania (2015).
1. Introduction
2. Renewing the Church
3. Neo-Protestantism
4. Anti-Sectarian Missions
5. The Lord's Army
6. The Stork's Nest

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