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

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    Kirsten Weld is Assistant Professor of History at Harvard University.

    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. InPaper 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.

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    ISBN 9780822356028
    Genre HISTORY / Latin America / Central America
    Format Paperback
    Pages 368
    Publisher Date 2014-03-21 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Duke Univ Pr
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.04 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala
    Series Name American Encounters/Global Interactions
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Weld, Kirsten
    Country of Origin United States

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