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The Return of Alsace to France, 1918-1939

Alison Carrol


In 1918 the end of the First World War triggered the return of Alsace to France after almost fifty years of annexation into the German Empire. Enthusiastic crowds in Paris and Alsace celebrated the homecoming of the so-called lost province, but return proved far less straightforward than anticipated. The region’s German-speaking population demonstrated strong commitment to local cultures and institutions, as well as their own visions of return to France. As a result, the following two decades saw politicians, administrators, industrialists, cultural elites, and others grapple with the question ... More

Keywords: border, borderland, Alsace, France, Germany, interwar, integration, nations, nationalism, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Carrol, author
Senior Lecturer in European History, Brunel University London