By Onur Yildirim
This examine offers a entire, balanced and factually grounded narrative of the Turco-Greek alternate 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 guides of varied varieties in different places 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 photo the Turkish measurement of the development, really the Turkish facet of the decision-making technique, and the episode of the Muslim refugees which were left outdoor the scope of the learn schedule, thereby, breaking apart the proven proposal of the alternate skewed in the direction of the Greek facet. It hence sheds doubt at the luck paradigm attributed to this occasion. through adopting a people-centered method of the Lausanne Treaty and its results, the booklet deals a critique of professional 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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36 Whether the Americans were interested in becoming a major player in the Aegean area is hard to say. But it was certain that they cared about the oil reserves in the Mosul district, whose status was yet to be decided. 37 Minor parties, such as Bulgaria, did not lag behind France, Italy, Great Britain and the United States. 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.
90 In other words, most of the peculiar behaviors of the state raised and criticized throughout the following pages were not learnt by reading or simple observation. ”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.
Furthermore, repositories like the National Institute of Research (Εθνικο Ιδρυμα Ερευνων) in Athens, hold manuscript collections of historical figures such as Alexander Pallis, who was officially involved in the Exchange. In the same way, the private archives of Venizelou located in the Bennaki Museum (Τμημα Ιστορικων και Χειρογραφων)in Athens is known to house many documents relevant to the topic of this study. The Historical Archives of Macedonia located in Salonica contains the material of the General Administration of Macedonia (Αρχειο Γενικης Διοικησης Μακεδονιας), and has been used mainly by the Salonica-based scholars.
Diplomacy and Displacement: Reconsidering the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations, 1922-1934 by Onur Yildirim