Battling for Hearts and Minds: Memory Struggles in by Steve J. Stern

By Steve J. Stern

Battling for Hearts and Minds is the tale of the dramatic fight to outline collective reminiscence in Chile in the course of the violent, repressive dictatorship of normal Augusto Pinochet, from the 1973 army coup during which he seized energy via his defeat in a 1988 plebiscite. Steve J. Stern offers a riveting narration of Chile’s political background in this interval. whilst, he analyzes Chileans’ conflicting interpretations of occasions as they spread out. Drawing on testimonios, data, fact fee files, radio addresses, memoirs, and written and oral histories, Stern identifies 4 specified views on lifestyles and occasions below the dictatorship. He describes how a few Chileans considered the regime as salvation from break via Leftists (the narrative favourite via Pinochet’s junta), a few as a wound again and again reopened by way of the nation, others as an event of persecution and awakening, and nonetheless others as a closed e-book, a earlier to be buried and forgotten.

In the Seventies, Chilean dissidents have been lonely “voices within the desolate tract” insisting that nation terror and its sufferers be famous and remembered. via the Nineteen Eighties, the dissent had unfold, catalyzing a mass flow of people who revived public discussion through taking to the streets, developing replacement media, and important democracy and human rights. regardless of lengthy odds and discouraging defeats, humans of conscience—victims of the dictatorship, clergymen, formative years, ladies, staff, and others—overcame worry and succeeded in growing fair public thoughts of kingdom atrocities. Recounting either their efforts and people of the regime’s supporters to win the conflict for Chileans’ hearts and minds, Stern indicates how profoundly the fight to create stories, to inform heritage, matters.

Battling for Hearts and Minds is the second one quantity within the trilogy The reminiscence field of Pinochet’s Chile. The 3rd ebook will learn Chileans’ efforts to accomplish democracy whereas reckoning with Pinochet’s legacy.

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