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Alsace to the Alsatians? Visions and Divisions of Alsatian Regionalism, 1870-1939 (Studies in Contemporary European History) Hardcover – March 8, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1845457242 ISBN-10: 1845457242

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Contemporary European History
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books (March 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845457242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845457242
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a fascinating and penetrating study .Fischer presents a nuanced analysis of Alsatian responses and shows how they were frequently contested, discontinuous, and even contradictory. General readers as well as scholars of France and Germany and those interested in problems of regionalism, nationalism, identity, memory, and cultural formation will find Alsace for the Alsatians? immensely beneficial and a pleasure to read." * Vernon L. Lidtke, Johns Hopkins University [A] wonderfully broad and at the same time an impressive in-depth study - Fischer blends cultural and political history in exemplary ways. The strong interlinkages between regionalism and Catholicism in Alsace is powerfully highlighted by Fischer's narrative.A" * Stefan Berger, Professor of Modern German and Comparative European History, University of Manchester

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Christopher J. Fischer received both his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently is an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University.

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Interestingly this very well documented book appears just as the history of Alsace is about to reach its end. The French parliament decided on November 25 2014 to dilute Alsace in a big French Eastern Region. This sad end is consistent with the final assessment of the author's own conclusion.about Alsace's present loss of identity.
Alsace presents a unique case of a people denying its own cultural roots. Alsatians fell under the spell of France although France never understood Alsace and always despised it for its servile adulation. German by race, temperament, language, culture many Alsatians it is true have displayed a consistent desire to be French since the XIX century. C Fischer although he tends to stick with a mostly francophile narrative does explain many of the paradoxes in the attitudes of the 2 major powers that have ruled Alsace. He demonstrates in a factual way that Alsatians never reached the level of unity that would have allowed them to develop a consistent political action. It is true that any such action always implied some geopolitical dimension far transcending the aspirations of a very pragmatic entity that although a reality only found its political embodiment in 1871. The author certainly fails to recognize the emotional blackmail France used to subdue Alsatian desire for autonomy. France managed to turn France's swift abandonment of Alsace when ever it suited its interest into Alsatian guilt for moving on with life after french desertion. This is particularly true after WWII when any sign of germanity was equated with nazi nostalgia.
A must read for anyone interested in one of the most complex historical context in European history particularly given the paucity of writings in English on the subject.
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