New PDF release: Alsace to the Alsatians?: Visions and Divisions of Alsatian

By Christopher J. Fischer

ISBN-10: 1845457242

ISBN-13: 9781845457242

The sector of Alsace, situated among the hereditary enemies of France and Germany, served as a trophy of struggle 4 occasions among 1870–1945. With every one shift, French and German officers sought to win the allegiance of the neighborhood population. according to those pressures, Alsatians invoked regionalism-articulated as a political language, a cultural imaginative and prescient, and a group of identity-not purely to outline and guard their very own pursuits opposed to the nationalist claims of France and Germany, but in addition to push for social switch, shield non secular rights, and advertise the prestige of the zone in the greater nationwide group. Alsatian regionalism despite the fact that, was once neither unitary nor unifying, as Alsatians themselves have been divided politically, socially, and culturally. the writer exhibits that the Janus-faced personality of Alsatian regionalism issues to the ambiguous function 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 conventional designations of French civic nationalism as opposed to German ethnic nationalism and argues for the robust similarities among the 2 international locations' conceptions of nationhood.

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