Fabricating Fidelity: Nation-Building, International Law, and the Greek–Turkish Population Exchange

  title={Fabricating Fidelity: Nation-Building, International Law, and the Greek–Turkish Population Exchange},
  author={Umut {\"O}zsu},
  journal={Leiden Journal of International Law},
  pages={823 - 847}
  • Umut Özsu
  • Published 3 November 2011
  • History
  • Leiden Journal of International Law
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