My research focuses on the French-German border between 1871 and 1914, when the border was moved after the German annexation of Alsace-Lorraine. I am dealing with the construction of sovereignty and national identities from below, in a transnational perspective.
Borders are quintessential transnational objects; they are also firmly appropriated by national and local agents who can use them as political, social, economic and cultural “resources”. My purpose is to focus on the relationship between nation and factors beyond the nation in France and Germany in the vicinity of the border. Such a comparative history will help to shed a new light on one of the most disputed European area at the end of nineteenth century. [More informations]