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The Struggle for Memory in Latin America

Recent History and Political Violence

  • Editors
  • Eugenia Allier-Montaño
  • Emilio Crenzel

Part of the Memory Politics and Transitional Justice book series (MPTJ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Emilio Crenzel, Eugenia Allier-Montaño
      Pages 1-12
  3. Dictatorships and Authoritarian Regimes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Eugenia Allier-Montaño, Camilo Vicente Ovalle
      Pages 35-52
    3. Claudio Javier Barrientos
      Pages 53-70
    4. Luis Roniger, Leonardo Senkman, María Antonia Sánchez
      Pages 91-108
  4. Wars and Authoritarian Regimes

  5. Writings on Recent History

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-260

About this book


This book examines the struggles that unfolded in Latin America over the memory of the pasts of political violence experienced by the countries of the continent in the second half of the twentieth century: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.


Social Memory Recent History Latin America Political Violence conflict democracy dictatorship political violence violence war

About the authors

Eugenia Allier-Montaño is full-time Researcher at the Institute for Social Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She obtained her PhD in History at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France. She is the author of Batallas de la memoria. Los usos políticos del pasado reciente en Uruguay (2010).

Emilio Crenzel is full-time Researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research (CONICET), Argentina, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Researcher at the Gino Germani Research Institute, Argentina. He is author of Memory of the Argentina Disappearances: The Political History of Nunca Más (2011).

Bibliographic information


“This new book brings together a distinguished group of Latin American experts, historians and sociologists either based in Latin America or with sound field experience. … This overall remarkable volume is highly recommended and will be vital to scholars and students interested in thick descriptions of national memory struggles in Latin America. … This edited volume will be of particular interest to readers seeking a deeper understanding of the diverse political groups competing over memory struggles.” (Nina Schneider, Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 97 (4), November, 2017)