Bachelor of Arts
Steven S. Volk
Chilean national history, Historical memory, El Mercurio
Writing a national history of the period between the coup of 1973 and 1990 when Augusto Pinochet’s seventeen-year dictatorship finally came to a close looms large in present day Chile. Over the past eighteen years, historians, scholars, journalists, and other social actors—all with different political projects and historical interpretations—have struggled to engrave their particular narrative of Pinochet’s dictatorship as Chile’s official national history. Through a close analysis of Chile's most important newspaper, this thesis examines the narrative construction of the Chilean Right as it built and revised its story of the past after Pinochet left Chile’s presidential palace. This project explores the construction of a conservative historical narrative as it seeks to define Chile’s past in the present and for the future.
Brown-Bernstein, Julia, "After the Fact: El Mercurio and the Re-Writing of the Pinochet Dictatorship" (2009). Honors Papers. 474.