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March 2011 - Die Revolution als Schwester des Krieges, by Donatus Düsterhaus

The history of Alsace is a constant preoccupation for historians. Very many studies have been devoted to this frontier region, fought over by France and Germany throughout history. Recent works on the subject include those by the Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 437 entitled Kriegserfahrungen - Krieg und Gesellschaft in der Neuzeit. This is an interdisciplinary research centre at Tübingen University in Germany, which carried out three research projects between1998 and 2008 on Alsace. The three projects are theses presented for doctorates in history and in theology.


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The last of the three studies, entitled "Die Revolution als Schwester des Krieges. Deutungen und Wahrnehmungen von Lutheranern im Elsaß in der Zeit der Französischen Revolution und des Napoleonischen Empires (1789-1815)", has just been published; it analyses the attitudes of Lutheran pastors in the face of the problems raised by the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars between 1789 and 1815. The pastors interpreted the events by using examples from the Bible, and more particularly the Old Testament. Some of them saw the French Revolution as the apocalypse, while for others it was a sign that the French were indeed the elected people of God. As propaganda, the pastors were obliged to legitimise the Napoleonic wars by referring in their sermons to theological doctrine on just war. This study combining the history of mentalities and institutional history in an analysis of discourse through these sermons and the letters of representatives of the Lutheran Church in Alsace was carried out in parallel with consideration of the institutional relationship between the Church and the French State during this period of far-reaching change.

Donatus Düsterhaus: Die Revolution als Schwester des Krieges. Deutungen und Wahrnehmungen von Lutheranern im Elsaß in der Zeit der Französischen Revolution und des Napoleonischen Empires (1789-1815), Aschendorff: Münster 2011. Available at the BNU; pressmark: M.149.861

(*) Further reading:

Priester im Krieg: Elsaessische und franzoesische Geistliche im Ersten Weltkrieg / Annette Jantzen.
Paderborn: Schoeningh, 2010. M.149.858

Was ist des Elsaessers Vaterland? Die Konstruktion regionaler und nationaler Identitäten in einer Grenzregion zwischen Frankreich und Deutschland in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts (1813-1848) / Claudia Nowak. Münster: Aschendorff, 2010. M.149.543

War in an age of revolution, 1775-1815, edited by Roger Chickering and Stig Förster, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Religionskriege im Alten Reich und in Alteuropa/ Franz Brendle and Anton Schindling (ed.). Münster: Aschendorff, 2006. M.148.222



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