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Marianne or Germania?Nationalizing Women in Alsace, 1870-1946$
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Elizabeth Vlossak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561117.001.0001

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An Alsatian Women's Movement? Nation, Region, Confession, and the Limits of German Feminism, 1874–1914

An Alsatian Women's Movement? Nation, Region, Confession, and the Limits of German Feminism, 1874–1914

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(p.91) 2 An Alsatian Women's Movement? Nation, Region, Confession, and the Limits of German Feminism, 1874–1914
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Marianne or Germania?
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Elizabeth Vlossak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561117.003.0003

By investigating the membership and activities of the regional chapters of German patriotic, confessional and feminist organizations, the second chapter determines whether Alsatian women's willingness to engage in civil society denotes an increasing acceptance of the German authorities and their integration with the primarily Prussian immigrant community in the region. Many organizations in fact found it difficult to bridge the various divides in Alsatian society. The most successful in this respect was the Catholic Women's Association (KFB), and the chapter in turn explores the feminization of the church and Alsatian women's involvement in political Catholicism. The limited impact of German feminism in Alsace reinforces the thesis that Alsatian women were more comfortable with a regional or confessional rather than a German national identity.

Keywords:   civil society, German women's movement, patriotic associations, feminism, political Catholicism, national identity

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