For My Legionaries

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For My Legionaries (Romanian: Pentru legionari) is an autobiographical book by Iron Guard leader Corneliu Zelea Codreanu first published in 1936. The book has been described by historian Irina Livezeanu as being to Codreanu what Mein Kampf was to Adolf Hitler.[1] It was first published in Sibiu, as it was not allowed to pass censorship in Bucharest.[2]

The book is a first-person narrative describing Codreanu's leadership role in a series of political movements, "The Guard of the National Conscience", "League of National Christian Defence", "the Legion of the Archangel Michael", and finally, the Iron Guard. His goal within these movements was to defend the newly established Greater Romania against a set of demonised enemies, particularly, the Soviet Union and the Jewish people.[3] The naratives are interspersed with quotations from Romanian intellectuals, as well as clippings from contemporary newspapers.[3]

Codreanu makes clear in his book that his ideology is not compatible with the liberal democratic institutions. He loathed the elections and the parliamentary system and he considered his movement to be part of a greater family of ultra-nationalist ideologies, which included Italy's Fascism and Germany's Nazism.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Irina Livezeanu, Cultural Politics in Greater Romania: Regionalism, Nation Building, and Ethnic Struggle, 1918–1930, Cornell University Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8014-8688-2, p. 256
  2. ^ Ilarion Țiu, The legionary movement after Corneliu Codreanu: from the dictatorship of King Carol II to the communist regime (February 1938-August 1944), East European Monographs, 2010, p.43
  3. ^ a b Jackson, p.149
  4. ^ Jackson, p.165

References[edit]

  • Jackson, Paul (2006). "A Case Study In Fascist Ideological Production: Corneliu Codreanu's For My Legionaries". Anuarul Institutului de Istorie «G. Bariţ» din Cluj-Napoca XLV: 139–168. 

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