Book Reviews
Crossing the Aegean - An Appraisal of the 1923
Compulsory Population Exchange Between Greece and Turkey.

Edited by Renée Hirschon, Berghahn Books, 2003.
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"Crossing the Aegean - An Appraisal of the 1923 Compulsory Population Exchange Between Greece and Turkey" is
a collection of thoughtful and well written articles, written by twelve different scholars. The authors of this book are
professors and researchers with a variety of backgrounds and specialities, allowing them to approach this topics from
very different angles.

This book not only explains the history of the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey, stemming from
the post-war treaty of Lausanne but give lengthy accounts of the short and long terms consequences of the forced
migration. The real strength of this book is that it tells the both stories, the plight of Greek Orthodox populations
forced to leave Turkey and of Muslim populations forced to leave Greece, explaining what both communities lost and
the difficulties endured by Orthodox and Muslim communities that remained behind.


If you are interested in understanding the consequences of the forced migration of over one and a half million
inhabitants of Greece and Turkey, read this book. You will not be disappointed.   
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