A History of Fidelity, a summary of Alsace-Lorraine's history

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English

This pamphlet contains a summary of Alsace-Lorraine history since the 1870 war, from a Francophile point of view. It defends the idea that Alsace-Lorraine is a part of France brutalised by the Germans since 1871. It was illustrated by Hansi and Henri Zislin, both French and both imprisoned by Germany for their patriotic cartoons.

By 1914, Alsace-Lorraine had been part of the German Empire for 50 years. Most locals were resigned to the fact, but German authorities was still wary of the Alsatians. In France, Alsace-Lorraine was viewed as an idealised country, populated by an oppressed people who wanted to be French. The Alsace-Lorraine question was an important issue in post-war discussions.

French

Quel est ce document ?


Cette petite brochure résume l'histoire de l'Alsace depuis la guerre de 1870 d'un point de vue pro-Français. Elle défend la thèse de la soumission de l'Alsace-Lorraine à la force brute de l'Allemagne à partir de 1871 et de l'annexion. Hansi et Henri Zislin, deux défenseurs d'une Alsace française ont illustré ce volume. Ils furent tous les deux emprisonnés en raison de leurs prises de position politique.

Quel est son contexte ?

En 1914, l'Alsace-Lorraine est intégrée à l'Empire allemand depuis plus de cinquante ans. La majorité de la population avait accepté cette situation, mais les autorités allemandes conservaient une certaine réserve vis-à-vis de ces territoires. En France, l'Alsace-Lorraine conservait une l'image idyllique d'une province oppressée par un envahisseur dont la population n'aurait eu qu'un seul souhait : redevenir Français. La question d'Alsace-Lorraine fut âprement discutée à l'issue de la guerre.

Full title
A history of fidelity
Format
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Creator
Jean-Jacques Waltz (Hansi) , Henri Zislin
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Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg
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Hansi (pseudonym of Jean-Jacques Waltz) / Henri Zislin

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