The study of the motivations of the people participating in genocide is necessary to fully understand the dynamics of genocide and its genesis, as these are the people who actually implement genocidal policies and provide its material manifestation. This paper looks into the motivations of mid-level perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide through the verdicts of the Ottoman Special Military Tribunal which was established in 1919. It is found that opportunistic motivations dominated for perpetrators’ participation, particularly the opportunity for material gain, rape, forced marriage, free labour and career progression. However, the ambiguous nature of authority, coercive structures and ideological tenets also provided a framework within which perpetrators could become motivated to participate.
Feb 24, 2020
Sep 11, 2019
|Williams, Timothy, Opportunism , Authority and Ideology: On the Motivations of Turkish Perpetrators as portrayed in the 1919 War Crimes Trials||Feb 24, 2020|
Ալոյեան, Ներսեհ Աբեղայ
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