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Argentina's Partisan PastNationalism and the Politics of History$
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Michael Goebel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312380

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317149

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New narratives for a new era? Shifts, decline and resurgence of nationalist constructions of the past since 1976

New narratives for a new era? Shifts, decline and resurgence of nationalist constructions of the past since 1976

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Argentina's Partisan Past
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317149.006

This chapter traces the development of Argentine nationalism and the politics of history after the coup of 1976 and up to the beginning of the presidency of Carlos Menem in 1989, ending with some final observations about the 2000s. It argues that the history of nationalism does not fit neatly into a dichotomous opposition between, on the one hand, dictatorship and authoritarianism and, on the other, democracy and liberalism. Between 1976 and the 1990s, the history of Argentine nationalism was one of shifts and readjustments, the cumulative effect of which was that politics were increasingly fissured along lines which cross-cut the axiomatic dichotomy between ‘liberalism’ and ‘nationalism’. The erosion of this discursive opposition ultimately precipitated the decline of revisionist nationalism, although its continuing relevance has become evident in recent years.

Keywords:   Argentine nationalism, politics of history, liberalism, revisionist nationalism

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