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Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine
Reichsland Elsaß-Lothringen  (German), Terre d'Empire d'Alsace-Lorraine  (French)
Imperial Territory of the German Empire

Flag Coat of arms
Flag Coat of arms
Elsässisches Fahnenlied
"The Alsatian Flag's song"
Location of Alsace-Lorraine
Alsace-Lorraine within the German Empire
Capital city Straßburg (Strasbourg)
Government Federal territory
 -  1871–1879 Eduard von Möller (first)
 -  1918 Rudolf Schwander (last)
Legislature Landtag
 -  Treaty of Frankfurt 10 May 1871
 -  Disestablished 1918
 -  Treaty of Versailles 28 June 1919
 -  1910 14,496 km2 (5,597 sq mi)
 -  1910 1,874,014 
Density 129.3 /km2  (334.8 /sq mi)
Political subdivisions Bezirk Lothringen, Oberelsass, Unterelsass
Today part of  France
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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