By Christopher J. Fischer
The zone of Alsace, situated among the hereditary enemies of France and Germany, served as a trophy of conflict 4 occasions among 1870–1945. With each one shift, French and German officers sought to win the allegiance of the neighborhood population. in accordance with those pressures, Alsatians invoked regionalism-articulated as a political language, a cultural imaginative and prescient, and a neighborhood of identity-not purely to outline and protect their very own pursuits opposed to the nationalist claims of France and Germany, but in addition to push for social switch, shield spiritual rights, and advertise the prestige of the zone in the higher nationwide neighborhood. Alsatian regionalism notwithstanding, was once neither unitary nor unifying, as Alsatians themselves have been divided politically, socially, and culturally. the writer indicates that the Janus-faced personality of Alsatian regionalism issues to the ambiguous position of nearby id in either fostering and inhibiting loyalty to the kingdom. eventually, the writer makes use of the case of Alsace to discover the normal designations of French civic nationalism as opposed to German ethnic nationalism and argues for the powerful similarities among the 2 nations' conceptions of nationhood.
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Alsace to the Alsatians?: Visions and Divisions of Alsatian Regionalism, 1870-1939 (Contemporary European History) by Christopher J. Fischer