In Argentina, the March 1976 coup d’état is a conceptual fulcrum. Historianshave neatly divided Argentina’s political, social, and cultural pasts as post- andpre-coup. There is a more compelling derivative, though, of that linear break. Whatthe proceso means—how it is understood together with its consequences—keepsshifting, like the disturbing physical breaks in the urban geography of a futuristicBuenos Aires portrayed in novelist Ricardo Piglia’s La ciudad ausente. In part,changing understandings of what the proceso means to past and present complementsArgentina’s unusual relationship with its dictatorial past. With the fall ofauthoritarian rule in 1983, Argentina was the first country in the region to forma truth commission to search for answers into the how and why of murderousdictatorship. It was also the first to bring to trial, convict and imprison militaryleaders for crimes committed as heads of state—this while dictatorships stillfunctioned in 1980s Paraguay and Chile just next door.
Copyright © 2012-2013 Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe.
Editores: Ori Preuss; Nahuel Ribke
Instituto Sverdlin de Historia y Cultura de América Latina, Escuela de Historia
Universidad de Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv,
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