Alsace-Lorraine
(1,831 words)

Alsace-Lorraine

As a Reichsland, part of the German Reich from 1871.

The desire on the part of France to exact revenge for defeat in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870/1871, and reverse the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine by the newly founded German Reich under the terms of the Frankfurt Peace Treaty, has often been regarded, particularly by the Germans, as an important causal factor in respect of the origins of the First World War. In the light of recent research, however, this conception must now be seen as o…

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Mollenhauer, Daniel, “Alsace-Lorraine”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0014>
First published online: 2015



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