Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala (BOK)

Kirsten Weld

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In Paper Cadavers, an inside account of the astonishing discovery and rescue of Guatemala's secret police archives, Kirsten Weld probes the politics of memory, the wages of the Cold War, and the stakes of historical knowledge production. After Guatemala's bloody thirty-six years of civil war (1960-1996), silence and impunity reigned. That is, until 2005, when human rights investigators stumbled on the archives of the country's National Police, which, at 75 million pages, proved to be the largest trove of secret state records ever found in Latin America. The unearthing of the archives renewed fierce debates about history, memory, and justice. In Paper Cadavers, Weld explores Guatemala's struggles to manage this avalanche of evidence of past war crimes, providing a firsthand look at how postwar justice activists worked to reconfigure terror archives into implements of social change. Tracing the history of the police files as they were transformed from weapons of counterinsurgency into tools for post-conflict reckoning, Weld sheds light on the country's fraught transition from war to an uneasy peace, reflecting on how societies forget and remember political violence.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Kirsten Weld
Forlag
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822355977
Antall sider 352 Dimensjoner 15,7cm x 23,4cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 590 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Cultural studies, General & world history, Peace studies & conflict resolution