The year 2013 was the 40th anniversary of the military coup in Chile carried out by General Augusto Pinochet. Chile remembers this historical moment in a very polarized manner. Each year, Chileans commemorate September 11th and recognize the coup, however did so in 2013 with social effervescence, discussion, and critique like never before. This reinforces the demand for institutional change that is surging out of multiple social movements. Based on 30 interviews conducted by the author inChile, this paper seeks to capture the state of public memory inChile during the significant anniversary year of 2013.

First Advisor

Bill Breitenbach

Second Advisor

John Lear

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in History

Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2014



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