The Activities of Turkey for Developing Its Foreign Trade with the Balkan States: Participation in the Exhibitions, Expositions, and Fairs of Thessaloniki, Belgrade, and Plovdiv (1929-1943)

The Activities of Turkey for Developing Its Foreign Trade with the Balkan States: Participation in the Exhibitions, Expositions, and Fairs of Thessaloniki, Belgrade, and Plovdiv (1929-1943)

Feyza KURNAZ ŞAHİN

Abstract

The aim of this study is two-fold; a) to examine the attendance of Turkey at the exhibitions, expositions and fairs held in the Balkans in order to develop commercial relations with the Balkan countries and to introduce the goods and products it produced, and b) to discuss the results achieved in this process. In this regard, Turkey’s approach to exhibitions, expositions and fairs held in Thessaloniki, Belgrade and Plovdiv, the preparation processes, and the political and economic factors that enabled this attendance were discussed. Turkey’s attendance at these economic organizations in the Balkans took place especially after the Balkan Conferences and the signing of the Balkan Pact. By attending these exhibitions, Turkey brought close political relations with the Balkan countries to the economic field. Thus, the Balkan Union was tried to be placed on an economic basis. The main sources of the study were the Republic Archive documents of Presidency State Archives and the periodical publications of the period.

Keywords: Balkan, Selanik, Belgrad, Filibe, Sergi, Panayır, Fuar

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