Economists have taken to calling Peru "the new Chile" because of their recently booming economy. But in order to move forward, Peru will have to face its past, as Chile had to when dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in 1998. This weekend former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori was returned to Peru to face charges of corruption and human rights abuses.
Duke Press has a number of resources for understanding Peru and the reconciliation process they are about to undergo. For general information about Peru’s history, politics, and culture, check out The Peru Reader, now in its second edition. To understand how Chile has dealt with its national memory of dictatorship, read Steve Stern’s Remembering Pinochet’s Chile and Battling for Hearts and Minds. For insight into truth commissions, delve into this special issue of Radical History Review, Truth Commissions: State Terror, History, and Memory and read Leigh A. Payne’s Unsettling Accounts: Neither Truth nor Reconciliation in Confessions of State Violence when it comes out in December. We also publish many fine monographs on the history of Peru which are available on our website.