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(without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER II ALSACE-LORRAINE BEFORE THE TREATY OF FRANKFORT What
was this country, now transferred as a war prize, in its essential
character, in its fundamental nature? Was it German or was it
French? The question has received two answers. The Germans have
asserted that it was German, the French that it was French. The
opinion of those most intimately concerned, the people of Alsace
and Lorraine themselves, was just as explicit as either of these.
They asserted, as we have seen, that they were French and wished to
remain French, and that the document that pretended to transfer
them was from the start and would forever remain null and void.
What light did history throw upon this problem, if it was a
problem? It is impossible within the confines of this volume to
recount with any fulness the crowded annals of this people. The
story does not easily lend itself to compression, it is so long, so
varied, and so involved. Nevertheless, out of its bewildering
intricacies, a few features in the slow evolution may profitably be
noticed. They may serve to indicate with reasonable certitude the
individuality of these provinces, which was the product of manifold
forces, operating, sometimes obscurely, sometimes clearly, through
the course of many centuries. For, that Alsace and Lorraine had
personalities of their own is obvious to any frank and serious
student, and even a brief analysis of the various strains of
experience that entered into the formation of them ought to prove
instructive. Who the first inhabitants were of these regions
between the river Meuse, the Vosges mountains, and the Rhine, it is
idle to inquire. In the dim background of European history groups
of human beings flit obscurely, appearing and then disappearing,
leaving only a few tantalizing and dubious t...
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