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By Onur Yildirim

This research offers 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 kinds somewhere else over the span of the previous 80 years. international relations and Displacement contributes to the overall literature at the alternate via incorporating into the wider photograph the Turkish measurement of the development, quite the Turkish aspect of the decision-making method, and the episode of the Muslim refugees which have been left outdoors the scope of the examine schedule, thereby, breaking apart the proven proposal of the trade skewed in the direction of the Greek facet. It hence sheds doubt at the luck paradigm attributed to this occasion. by means of adopting a people-centered method of the Lausanne Treaty and its results, the publication deals a critique of respectable 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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Since the conference focused a major part of its work concerning the Exchange on these issues, the decision-makers paid little attention to the formulation of the rules and regulations that would govern the regimentation and implementation of the Exchange. Having examined the diplomatic underpinnings of the decision for the Exchange on both sides, the current study moves on to trace the unfolding of the exchange from the conclusion of the negotiation process to the abolition of the international and local institutions in charge of its execution in both countries.

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.

Firstly, they pass over centuries of generally peaceful coexistence between the Greeks and Turks under the Ottoman rule and assume that all the Greeks in Anatolia and the Muslim Turks in Greece, subjected to the Exchange Convention, were constantly involved in the perpetration of ethnic violence against one another. It is true that frictions between the two communities were of common occurrence in the aftermath of the Balkan Wars and some individuals and groups amongst these communities gave direct support to the respective nationalist elites.

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