Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Diego Armus


Throughout the 20th century, the Argentinian people endured multiple hostile military coups, culminating in the years 1976-1983 with a violent takeover by a group called “el Processo.” By using a collection of nine interviews conducted in 2013 with young people from Buenos Aires, along with a variety of film, print, and scholarly sources, Fain attempts to analyze the effects of trauma on the collective memory of Argentine youth. He argues that memory is not exclusively a recount of a personal history, but can exist among communities with heavy influence from outside political, social, and cultural factors.