Alsace to the Alsatians?: Visions and Divisions of Alsatian by Christopher J. Fischer

By Christopher J. Fischer

The area of Alsace, situated among the hereditary enemies of France and Germany, served as a trophy of battle 4 occasions among 1870–1945. With every 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 group of identity-not in simple terms to outline and safeguard their very own pursuits opposed to the nationalist claims of France and Germany, but in addition to push for social swap, guard non secular rights, and advertise the prestige of the zone in the greater nationwide group. 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 function of local id in either fostering and inhibiting loyalty to the state. ultimately, 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 powerful similarities among the 2 nations' conceptions of nationhood.

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