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The Politics of Self-DeterminationRemaking Territories and National Identities in Europe, 1917–1923$
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Volker Prott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777847.001.0001

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The Cradle of Civilization on the Fringes of Europe

The Cradle of Civilization on the Fringes of Europe

The Quest for Greek Expansion into Asia Minor

(p.83) 3 The Cradle of Civilization on the Fringes of Europe
The Politics of Self-Determination

Volker Prott

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Greek and Western designs for Greek territorial expansion into the Western half of Asia Minor at the close of the war. The analysis revolves around the three Allied expert groups and their positions on whether or not Greece ought to be granted a portion of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. The chapter demonstrates that the expert groups produced substantially differing conclusions with regard to a potential Greek zone in Asia Minor. While the British and the French were supportive of some form of Greek rule in the area, the American experts were opposed to anything that went beyond a regime of local autonomy for those parts along the shore of Western Asia Minor that boasted substantial percentages of Greek Orthodox inhabitants.

Keywords:   Greek claims in the First World War, Allied peace planning, experts, Asia Minor, Greek–Turkish relations

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