Alsace–Lorraine

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Imperial Territory of Alsace–Lorraine
Reichsland Elsaß–Lothringen
Imperial Territory of the German Empire
1871–1918
Flag of Alsace–Lorraine
Flag
Coat of arms of Alsace–Lorraine
Coat of arms
Alsace-Lorraine in the German Reich (1871).svg
Alsace–Lorraine within the German Empire
Anthem
Elsässisches Fahnenlied
"The Alsatian Flag's Song"
CapitalStraßburg (Strasbourg)
Area 
• 1910
14,496 km2 (5,597 sq mi)
Population 
• 1910
1,874,014
History
Government
 • TypeFederal territory
Head of State 
• 1871–1879
Eduard von Möller [de] (first, as Oberpräsident)
• 1918
Rudolf Schwander [de](last, as Reichstatthalter)
LegislatureLandtag
• Lower house
Núrto
History 
10 May 1871
• Disestablished
1918
28 June 1919
Political subdivisionsBezirk Lothringen, Oberelsass, Unterelsass
Preceded by
Succeeded by
French Third Republic
French Third Republic
Alsace-Lorraine Soviet Republic
Today part ofFrance
Map of Territory

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.

The territory has been part of France since then. In 2016 it became part of the Region of Grand Est.

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Coordinates: 48°40′N 7°00′E / 48.67°N 7°E / 48.67; 7