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Formalizing Displacement: International Law and Population Transfers

Umut Özsu


Large-scale population transfers are immensely disruptive. Interestingly, though, their legal status has shifted considerably over time. This book situates population transfer within the broader history of international law by examining its emergence as a legally formalized mechanism of nation-building in the early twentieth century. Its principal focus is the 1922–34 compulsory exchange of minorities between Greece and Turkey. Supported by the League of Nations, the 1922–34 exchange reconfigured the demographic composition of Greece and Turkey with the aim of stabilizing a region that was typ ... More

Keywords: population transfer, international law, minority protection, nation-building, nationalism, humanitarianism, displacement, Ottoman Empire, Greece, Turkey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717430
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717430.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Umut Özsu, author
University of Manitoba