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Historical Dictionary of the "Dirty Wars" covers the most recent period of military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), Chile (1973-1990), and Uruguay (1973-1985), when national-security regimes waged war against suspected subversives. The chief targets were leftists, especially armed guerrillas and their supporters, though "subversive" came to include anyone perceived to be a threat to the status quo. Unlike a conventional war, fought against a physical enemy, a "dirty war" (guerra sucia) is fought against an...

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Overview

Historical Dictionary of the "Dirty Wars" covers the most recent period of military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), Chile (1973-1990), and Uruguay (1973-1985), when national-security regimes waged war against suspected subversives. The chief targets were leftists, especially armed guerrillas and their supporters, though "subversive" came to include anyone perceived to be a threat to the status quo. Unlike a conventional war, fought against a physical enemy, a "dirty war" (guerra sucia) is fought against an ideology. The difficulty of rooting out such an unconventional enemy was thought to justify unconventional tactics. As a result, thousands of citizens were abducted by security forces, illegally detained, and tortured. Many became desaparecidos, vanishing without a trace. Although the term "dirty war" is most closely associated with Argentina during the 1970s, it has since become a byword for state-sponsored terror in other parts of the world and in other historical contexts. The reason for focusing on the Southern Cone of South America is threefold. First, these countries are often discussed together in the literature on dictatorship and its aftermath. Second, they were among the most notorious offenders in a region noted for human rights abuses. Third, their continuing efforts to bring "dirty war" participants to justice have renewed interest in the period, especially in the light of debate on how to prosecute human rights offenders in other parts of the world. The authors have included a list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology for each country, an introduction, and a lengthy bibliography. Special features are the inclusion in the dictionary of entries on literary authors and other artists whose work reflects "dirty war" themes and the inclusion in the bibliography of the creative works themselves-poetry collections, films, novels, plays, and short stories.

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American Reference Books Annual
This concise yet compact volume offers useful information on the most important people and events associated with the 'dirty wars.'...This is a solid and necessary work on a period in South American history that has garnered a great deal of attention from social scientists. Students and researchers interested in the 'dirty wars' will find a great deal of usefulness in this volume.
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This concise yet compact volume offers useful information on the most important people and events associated with the 'dirty wars.'...This is a solid and necessary work on a period in South American history that has garnered a great deal of attention from social scientists. Students and researchers interested in the 'dirty wars' will find a great deal of usefulness in this volume.
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Meet the Author

David Kohut is Associate Librarian in Byrne Memorial Library, Saint Xavier University, Chicago. He is a member of Amnesty International. Olga Vilella is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, specializing in Latin American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. She is a member of Amnesty International. Beatrice Julian is Assistant Librarian in Byrne Memorial Library, Saint Xavier University, Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Editor's Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acronyms and Abbreviations Chapter 4 Chronology Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 THE DICTIONARY Chapter 7 Bibliography Chapter 8 About the Authors

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