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By Onur Yildirim

This examine provides a complete, balanced and factually grounded narrative of the Turco-Greek trade of Populations as a historical occasion that has been the topic of a lot distortion within the historiographical traditions of nationalist lore in Greece and Turkey, in addition to in scholarly guides of varied types in other places over the span of the earlier 80 years. international relations and Displacement contributes to the final literature at the trade through incorporating into the wider photograph the Turkish size of the development, quite the Turkish part of the decision-making method, and the episode of the Muslim refugees which were left outdoors the scope of the study time table, thereby, breaking apart the demonstrated inspiration of the trade skewed in the direction of the Greek facet. It therefore sheds doubt at the good fortune paradigm attributed to this occasion. by means of adopting a people-centered method of the Lausanne Treaty and its outcomes, the e-book deals a critique of legitimate models of the tale and encourages humans to contemplate coverage judgements including their large and sometimes devastating implications for the lives of standard humans.

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47 However, the word ‘exchange’ does not seem to have been pronounced by scholars or circumspect by decision-makers48 as anticipated by Pentzopoulos. 49 A group of scholars, who are interested in explaining and producing strategies to resolve current conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East, looked up the conditions that configured in the Turco-Greek Exchange. 50 Alluding to the Turco-Greek example, scholars argued that in the absence of an opportunity to carve out a new state (partition) for the minorities under threat, the reciprocal transfer of minority populations on both sides could be resorted in order to provide security to these groups, on the one hand, and to eliminate the potential for the two parties to engage in largescale military conflicts in the long run, on the other.

With their varying orientations, all the scholarly strands recounted above had their unique contributions to the study of the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations and its integration to the general framework of world history. Common to all these studies was, however, a tendency to Introduction 15 stick to ‘reported fact’ and neglect the actual effects of such an arrangement on people’s lives. On a more specific level, the two most obvious shortcomings are noted especially in the studies in which the causes and consequences of the Exchange are treated with some detail.

1 Lausanne provided the venue for the peace conference that was designed to negotiate the outcome of the Turco-Greek war and to settle the grievances of the Allies—namely Great Britain, France, and Italy—with Turkey. 2 In the meantime, the Allies convened with the representatives of the Ankara government and the Greek delegates in the Turkish town of Mudanya to officially declare the end of the Turco-Greek war with an armistice. Despite the serious objections of the Greeks, the Armistice was signed between the Allied commanders and Turkish military representatives on October 11, 1922, and it was accepted by the Greeks three days later.

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