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Lorraine



Introduction of Lorraine
Region of NE France, comprising the departments ofMoselle, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, and Vosges. Itis named after Lothair, its Carolingian king whoinherited the Middle Kingdom after the division ofCharlemagne's empire by the Treaty of Verdun. Partof the kingdom of Lotharingia in the 9th century, itbecame a duchy under the Holy Roman Empire and was ruled by the house of Lorraine from 1048 to1738. France captured Metz, Toul, and Verdun in1552 and occupied the whole duchy during the ThirtyYears' War of 1618 to 1648. Following the War ofthe Polish Succession in 1738, Lorraine passed toStanislaw I, father-in-law of Louis XV of France, and became part of France in 1766. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 it was ceded to Prussia butwas returned to France after World War I. It has therichest fields of iron in Europe outside the Ukraineand Sweden and was thus a bone of contention forGermany between the world wars.Region of NE France, comprising the departments ofMoselle, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, and Vosges. Itis named after Lothair, its Carolingian king whoinherited the Middle Kingdom after the division ofCharlemagne's empire by the Treaty of Verdun. Partof the kingdom of Lotharingia in the 9th century, itbecame a duchy under the Holy Roman Empire and was ruled by the house of Lorraine from 1048 to1738. France captured Metz, Toul, and Verdun in1552 and occupied the whole duchy during the ThirtyYears' War of 1618 to 1648. Following the War ofthe Polish Succession in 1738, Lorraine passed toStanislaw I, father-in-law of Louis XV of France, and became part of France in 1766. After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 it was ceded to Prussia butwas returned to France after World War I. It has therichest fields of iron in Europe outside the Ukraineand Sweden and was thus a bone of contention forGermany between the world wars.

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