Diplomacy and Displacement: Reconsidering the Turco-Greek by Onur Yildirim

By Onur Yildirim

This learn offers a entire, balanced and factually grounded narrative of the Turco-Greek trade of Populations as a old 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 courses of assorted varieties somewhere else over the span of the prior 80 years. international relations and Displacement contributes to the final literature at the alternate through incorporating into the wider photograph the Turkish size of the development, really the Turkish part of the decision-making approach, and the episode of the Muslim refugees which have been left open air the scope of the study time table, thereby, breaking apart the verified idea of the alternate skewed in the direction of the Greek part. It hence sheds doubt at the good fortune paradigm attributed to this occasion. via adopting a people-centered method of the Lausanne Treaty and its effects, the booklet deals a critique of reputable models of the tale and encourages humans to think about coverage judgements including their large and sometimes devastating implications for the lives of normal humans.

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The issues on the Conference agenda were referred to various commissions and sub-commissions for examination. As a subject that cut across much of the conference agenda, the topic of an exchange was first raised in a meeting of the Territorial and Military Commission, the chief commission of the Conference, on December 1, 1922. It decided to establish a sub-commission on the Exchange of Prisoners and Populations. The issue was made a concomitant part of the agenda of the sub-commission of the Minorities, which brought the results of its work to the Territorial and Military Commission on December 14, 1922.

91 Given the richness of the diverse historiographical traditions behind the writing of French history, it can be assumed that Turkish history requires battalions of historians to fulfill the same mission, to reconstruct and explicate historical reality freed from the oppression of myths. To the ordinary citizens of Turkey, the past has now become largely, using David Lowenthal’s famous dictum, “a foreign country”92 colonized from within, and imaginations and myths continue to fill in the lacunae where the historical reality remains under the prerogative of the select few.

The picture is admittedly incomplete. The lack of data or the unreliability of available material is responsible for most of the gaps. In addition to written historical sources, oral sources were also researched for this study. A recent study reminds us that “oral history is simply one among several primary sources. ”84 Such sources have only recently begun to receive their long overdue respect in the study of modern Turkish and Greek histories. The current study makes a very preliminary attempt to utilize these sources.

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