Alsace-Lorraine under German Rule

Alsace-Lorraine under German Rule

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Alsace-Lorraine under German Rule

Alsace-Lorraine under German Rule

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"France renounces, in favor of the German Empire, all rights and titles to the territories situated east of the frontier designated below.

"The German Empire shall possess these territories forever, in full sovereignty and ownership."

Such was Article 1 of the peace preliminaries, confirmed by the Treaty of Frankfort of May 10, 1871, which closed the Franco-German war, a treaty which the French Government was compelled to sign and the French Assembly to ratify under compulsion as peremptory as any nation has experienced in modern times. That treaty terminated a war which Bismarck, in his autobiography, claims the honor of having caused, a treaty which he handed as a brilliant and substantial trophy to the new German Empire, proclaimed in the great Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles on January 18, 1871, an empire therefore less than four months old. This memorable birthday gift was destined to exert a decisive and enduring influence upon the character . . .

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