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Theses on the Politics of Memory across the Atlantic

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This chapter draws on the Marxist tradition of the political theses both to offer a map of the politics of memory and to open new modes of understanding the dictatorial past in Spain and Latin America. It invokes the precedent of Karl Marx's Theses on Feuerbach and Walter Benjamin's Theses on the Philosophy of History to attempt a mode of reflection that rejects closed systems of thought and embraces a fragmentary mode of political reflection that aspires to intervene in a debate and generate controversy and change. Hence, the schematic nature of each of the rubrics discussed in the chapter should not be understood as the 'last word' of the debate, but rather as a thought in progress whose aim is to entice further discussion on the politics of memory from across the Atlantic. The majority of the examples used to illustrate the theses come from Argentina, Chile, and Spain.

Keywords: Atlantic; Latin America; Marxist tradition; political theses; politics of memory; Spain



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