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

By Christopher J. Fischer

The area of Alsace, positioned 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 line 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 guard their very own pursuits opposed to the nationalist claims of France and Germany, but additionally to push for social switch, shield spiritual rights, and advertise the prestige of the quarter in the better nationwide group. Alsatian regionalism even though, used to be 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 position of nearby 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 robust similarities among the 2 international locations' conceptions of nationhood.

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