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Memories before the State: Postwar Peru and the Place of Memory, Tolerance, and Social Inclusion
by Joseph P. Feldman
Rutgers University Press, 2021
Paper: 978-1-9788-0951-2 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-0954-3 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-0957-4
Library of Congress Classification F3403.5.F45 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 985

Honorable Mention for Best Book Award from the Historia Reciente y Memoria Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)​

Memories before the State examines the discussions and debates surrounding the creation of the Place of Memory, Tolerance, and Social Inclusion (LUM), a national museum in Peru that memorializes the country’s internal armed conflict of the 1980s and 1990s. Emerging from a German donation that the Peruvian government initially rejected, the Lima-based museum project experienced delays, leadership changes, and limited institutional support as planners and staff devised strategies that aligned the LUM with a new class of globalized memorial museums and responded to political realities of the country’s postwar landscape. The book analyzes forms of authority that emerge as an official institution seeks to incorporate and manage diverse perspectives on recent violence.

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