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Zabern affair

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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405189224.2011.x


Crisis within the german empire that occurred in December 1913. It originated from the strained relations persisting in alsace-lorraine , the region of France annexed by the new Reich after the franco-prussian war of 1870–1. Following insults to the local population by a German officer, the Alsatian garrison town of Zabern (Saverne, in French) became a focus of unrest. The Reichstag then voted no confidence in bethmann hollweg , who, as chancellor and with senior military backing, had condoned the affront. Despite this unprecedented parliamentary rebuff, he survived in office, essentially secured by william ii's continuing support. The affair demonstrated the Reichstag's limited power, and further strained Franco-German relations. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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