Remembering Pinochet's Chile: On the Eve of London, 1998: Bk. 1: The Memory Box of Pinochet's Chile by Steve J. Stern (Paperback, 2006)
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- DescriptionDuring the two years just before the 1998 arrest in London of General Augusto Pichet, the historian Steve J. Stern had been in Chile collecting oral histories of life under Pichet as part of an investigation into the form and meaning of memories of state-sponsored atrocities. In this compelling work, Stern shares the recollections of individual Chileans and draws on their stories to provide a framework for understanding memory struggles in history. A thoughtful, nuanced study of how Chileans remember the traumatic 1973 coup by Augusto Pichet against Salvador Allende and the nearly two decades of military government that followed...In light of the recent revelations of American human rights abuses of Iraqi prisoners, [Stern's] insights into the legacies of torture and abuse in the Chilean prisons of the 1970s certainly have contemporary significance for any society that undergoes a national trauma. -Publishers Weekly This outstanding work of scholarship sets a benchmark in the history of state terror, trauma, and memory in Latin America. -Thomas Miller Klubock, American Historical Review This is a book of uncommon depth and introspection...Steve J. Stern has t only advanced the memory of the horrors of the military dictatorship; he has assured the place of Pichet's legacy of atrocity in our collective conscience. -Peter Kornbluh, author of The Pichet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability Steve J. Stern's book elegantly recounts the conflicted recent history of Chile. He has found a deft solution to the ktty problem of evenhandedness in representing points of view so divergent they defy even the most careful attempts to portray the facts of the Pichet period. He weaves a tapestry of memory in which narratives of horror and rupture commingle with the sincere perceptions of Chileans who remember Pichet's rule as salvation. The facts are there, but more important is the understanding we gain by kwing how ordinary Chileans-Pichet's supporters and his victims-work through their unresolved past. -John Dinges, author of The Condor Years: How Pichet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents
- Author BiographySteve J. Stern is Alberto Flores Galindo Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Among his most recent books is Shining and Other Paths: War and Society in Peru, 1980-1995, also published by Duke University Press.
- Author(s)Steve J. Stern
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication04/09/2006
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Series TitleLatin America Otherwise
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note2 photos, 2 maps
- Weight413 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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