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By Christopher J. Fischer

The zone of Alsace, positioned among the hereditary enemies of France and Germany, served as a trophy of battle 4 instances among 1870–1945. With each 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 merely to outline and protect 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 although, used to be 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 nearby identification 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 robust similarities among the 2 international locations' conceptions of nationhood.

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