From Liberation to Purge Trials in the "Mythic Provinces": Recasting French Identities in Alsace and Lorraine, 1918-1920

  title={From Liberation to Purge Trials in the "Mythic Provinces": Recasting French Identities in Alsace and Lorraine, 1918-1920},
  author={Laird Boswell},
  journal={French Historical Studies},
  pages={129 - 162}
  • Laird Boswell
  • Published 1 February 2000
  • History
  • French Historical Studies
This article explores how the French state, after having recovered Alsace and the lost portions of Lorraine in 1918, used large-scale purge trials to impose a moral and ethnic view of Frenchness that was at odds with the official republican concept of citizenship. The state was joined in this endeavor by local inhabitants who, troubled by the switchover from German to French rule, denounced fellow citizens to the purge commissions in order to establish their own patriotic credentials. This… 
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