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MONTANO, Eugenia Allier. Places of memory: Is the concept applicable to the analysis of memorial struggles?The case of Uruguay and its recent past. Cuad.CLAEH [online]. 2008, vol.4Selected edition, pp. 87-109. ISSN 0797-6062.

Between 1984 and 1992, Pierre Nora coined the concept of place of memory to designate those artifacts that where collective memory crystallizes and secretes itself. The concept, which was created to analyze the French memory, soon became involved in discussions about the advisability of applying it to other countries.  Although the concept has been used in several empirical studies carried out in Latin America, its theoretical relevance in the context of the region's memorial struggles has hardly been discussed. This article probes the notion's possible bearing on Latin American circumstances, especially within the context of confrontation and memorial struggles, and in the history of the present time, by reflecting on the specific case of Uruguay and its recent past (pre-dictatorship and dictatorship).

Keywords : dictatorship; history; memory; Uruguay.

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