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By Onur Yildirim

This research provides a accomplished, balanced and factually grounded narrative of the Turco-Greek alternate 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 assorted varieties in other places over the span of the earlier 80 years. international relations and Displacement contributes to the overall literature at the alternate through incorporating into the wider photo the Turkish measurement of the development, rather the Turkish part of the decision-making technique, and the episode of the Muslim refugees which have been left outdoor the scope of the examine schedule, thereby, breaking apart the proven thought of the trade skewed in the direction of the Greek part. It therefore sheds doubt at the good fortune paradigm attributed to this occasion. via adopting a people-centered method of the Lausanne Treaty and its results, the publication deals a critique of professional models of the tale and encourages humans to think about coverage judgements including their large and infrequently devastating implications for the lives of normal humans.

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Thus, the Bulgarian representatives were involved intensively in all discussions pertaining to territorial issues between Turkey and Greece. 39 Therefore, from the beginning, the Conference was pregnant with many diplomatic and political twists on the part of all the major and minor parties involved in the process. During the plenary sessions, the heads of the Turkish and Greek delegations presented the foundations of their arguments in the Conference Introduction to Part One 37 with special references to their governments’ concerns over current domestic and foreign affairs.

The first part, which is an attempt at rereading the Lausanne discussions with special reference to the Exchange, focuses on the Lausanne meetings and maps out the dynamics of the negotiation process. This part traces for each side the formation of the idea of exchange with all its fluctuations. There is specific reference to the developments that took place away from Lausanne in Greece and Turkey and had a particular impact on the course of discussions during the negotiation process. , the issue of the Patriarchate) in relation to the ongoing discussions surrounding the Exchange.

It is our contention that all these problems, especially those encountered in the recently flourishing scholarly literature, are closely related to the fact that these scholars, not having read Turkish and Greek histories, take for granted all the findings, and sometimes even the arguments, of the traditional scholarship on the subject and simply regenerate them, with all their flaws and deficiencies, under the mantle of a new terminology. 53 These scholars treated the Turco-Greek Exchange legitimately as emblematic of minority rights violations and forced migrations throughout history.

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