Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor; Political Science Department, University of Tehran

2 PhD. Candidate; European Studies, University of Tehran


The Alsace-Lorraine region in France has been at the center of many fateful events, such as two World Wars, due to its distinct geographical placement between two important European countries – that is, France and Germany. The identity of the Alsace-Lorraine population has had many links with Germany because of geographical, linguistic and historical features that the two share. Moreover, throughout history, France and Germany have attempted to reinforce their sovereignty over this region. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to examine historical events that have had an impact on the formation of a distinct identity in Alsace-Lorraine, as well as relevant political, social and cultural elements that have been influential in the formation of such an identity in order to understand the position of this region and the demands of its population.


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