Research on Romanian fascism has produced in recent years important new results mainly in the fields of history of ideas and cultural studies. It is furthermore firmly rooted in international comparative fascist studies. This paper advocates a complementary approach which focuses on social structures and social mechanisms that explain the transmission of ideas and practices of a student movement into rural society which constituted ca. 80% of Romania´s population in the interwar period. The paper presents as case study the Vâlcea district in Southwestern Romania and aims at combining quantitative data with an analysis of socio-cultural patterns.
Oliver Jens Schmitt studied Byzantine studies, Greek philology and East European history in Basel, Vienna, Berlin and Munich. PhD in Munich 2001 (The Venetian Albania 1392-1479). Habilitation in Regensburg 2005 (Levantines - lebenswelten and identities of an ethno-confessional community in the Late Ottoman Empire). Since 2005 full professor of Southeast European history at the University of Vienna. Since 2011 full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Chair: Constantin Iordachi, Department of History, Pasts, Inc.