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Évoquer le "mythe médian". Les imaginaires carolingien et lotharingien dans les revendications territoriales belges à l'égard de l'Allemagne après 1945
Brüll, Christoph mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences historiques > Critique historique >]
Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire
Société pour le Progrès des Etudes Philologiques et Historiques
Penser la frontière entre Meuse et Rhin. Actes des deux premières journées interuniversitaires "frontières" (Liège, 29 avril 2011 et 14 mai 2012)
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[en] History of representations ; Territorial settlements ; European integration ; Euregio Meuse-Rhine
[en] The reference to historical imaginaries and legitimizations for territorial settlements after a military conflict can be considered « classical ». This contribution aims to show how Carolingian and Lotharingian imaginaries influenced certain actors of expansionist movements in Belgium after 1945, the continued existence of which constituted an echo of 1918. Even if the Belgian territorial demands at the expense of Germany were, after all, hardly grounded in such discourses, this contribution highlights the fact that the discourse aiming to transform Aix-la-Chapelle and Cologne into “Belgian” cities, insisting on the kinship between “Belgians” and “Rhinelanders”, would serve as base for the rapprochement between old enemies in the 1950s. From then on, the historical landscape between Meuse and Rhine was integrated in the discourse on the “Occident” (the West) the political organization of which was considered as of utmost necessary, given the impending Soviet menace.
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