In Argentina, there has been a recent surge of interest in the 1970s, as witnessed by the growing number of scholarly studies, memoirs, and films devoted to the era. The seventies also inform debate about the Néstor and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administrations (2003–present), whose leaders and allies are often referred to as setentistas (that is, as members of the seventies generation). Sebastián Carassai's The Argentine Silent Majority advances academic inquiry on this period in significant ways. Previous works have considered the era's political protagonists, ranging from revolutionary organizations and student movements to the agents of state repression and dictatorship. By contrast, The Argentine Silent Majority delves into the worldview of the “nonactivist” middle-class sectors and, in particular, their attitudes toward violence. These individuals remained aloof from the politics of the day, but, as this insightful study shows, they nonetheless harbored strong...
Book Review|November 01 2015
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Eduardo Elena; The Argentine Silent Majority: Middle Classes, Politics, Violence, and Memory in the Seventies. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2015; 95 (4): 701–702. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-3161697
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