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Catalog Archive / Fall 2019

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

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

Cynthia E. 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 role it played in the nation’s recent violent past. Milton calls attention to fabrications and 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.




“Milton’s welcome study considers how the military has used cultural efforts to narrate Peru’s recent past in a way that emphasizes soldiers’ heroism, honor, and sacrifices. . . . The book’s conclusion is especially compelling.”
Hispanic American Historical Review

“Milton purposely probes the army’s side of the story. This injects an important dimension into her account of both sides . . . [and] made her account of untangling the memory knot of conflict even more complete and valuable.”
American Historical Review

“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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Also in the Series


Trauma, Taboo, and Truth-Telling
Listening to Silences in Postdictatorship Argentina
Nancy J. Gates-Madsen


Prisoner of Pinochet
My Year in a Chilean Concentration Camp
Sergio Bitar

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