The Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine (German: Reichsland Elsaß-Lothringen or Elsass-Lothringen, French: Terre d'Empire d'Alsace-Lorraine or Alsace-Moselle) was a territory created by the German Empire in 1871 after its victory in the Franco-Prussian War. It was made up of almost all of the French region of Alsace and about a quarter of Lorraine, hence its name. France took it back in 1918 and it became part of that country as a result of Treaty of Versailles in 1919. Nazi Germany de facto took it back in 1940 but France took it back in 1945.
|Imperial Territory of Alsace–Lorraine|
|Imperial Territory of the German Empire|
Alsace–Lorraine within the German Empire
"The Alsatian Flag's Song"
|14,496 km2 (5,597 sq mi)|
|• Type||Federal territory|
|Head of State|
|Eduard von Möller (first, as Oberpräsident)|
|Rudolf Schwander(last, as Reichstatthalter)|
• Lower house
|10 May 1871|
|28 June 1919|
|Political subdivisions||Bezirk Lothringen, Oberelsass, Unterelsass|
|Today part of||France|
The territory has been part of France since then. In 2016 it became part of the Region of Grand Est.
- Media related to Alsace-Lorraine at Wikimedia Commons
- Alsace-Lorraine travel guide from Wikivoyage
- http://www.geocities.com/bfel/geschichte5b.html (Archived 2009-10-25) (in German)
- http://www.elsass-lothringen.de/ (in German)
- France, Germany and the Struggle for the War-making Natural Resources of the Rhineland
- Elsass-Lothringen video Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
- Annuary of Cultur and Artists from Elsass-Lothringen (in French and German)