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Conflicted Memory
Military Cultural Interventions and the Human Rights Era in Peru

Critical Human Rights Series
Steve J. Stern and Scott Straus, Series Editors

What happens when concepts of "truth," "memory," and "human rights" are taken up and adapted by former perpetrators of violence? Peru has moved from the 1980s–90s conflict between its armed forces and Shining Path militants into an era of open democracy, transitional justice, and truth and reconciliation commissions. Cynthia Milton reveals how Peru's military has engaged in a tactical cultural campaign—via books, films, museums—to shift public opinion, debate, and memories about the nation's violent recent past and its part in it.

Milton calls attention to fabrications of our post-truth era but goes further to deeply explore the ways members of the Peruvian military see their past, how they actively commemorate and curate it in the present, and why they do so. Her nuanced approach upends frameworks of memory studies that reduce military and ex-military to a predictable role of outright denial.

 

Cynthia E. Milton Cynthia E. Milton is the Canada Research Chair in Latin American History at the Université de Montréal. She is the editor of Art from a Fractured Past: Memory and Truth-telling in Post–Shining Path Peru. Her coedited works include The Art of Truth-Telling about Authoritarian Rule and Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places.

 

 

Praise

“Brings to light how military 'entrepreneurs of memory' strategically place memory products in a memory marketplace. A major intervention in debates about Peru's internal armed conflict of the 1980s and '90s and its aftermath, which will interest scholars in many disciplines and regions.”
—Paulo Drinot,coeditor of Comics and Memory in Latin America

“Impressively documents the military's diverse interventions in Peru's culture—memoirs, 'truth' reports, films, novels, and memorials—and its numerous attempts to censor cultural productions that challenge its preferred narrative.”
—Jo-Marie Burt,George Mason University

 

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January, 2018
LC: 2017015528 F
296 pp. 6 x 9
26 b/w illus., 1 map
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Cloth $79.95 s
ISBN 978-0-299-31500-9
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