Between the unbearable weight and lightness of the past: Exploring memory politics in the Portuguese and Spanish post-dictatorship periods

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Abstract

This paper examines the forgotten Spanish colonial past in North Africa; a historical period that, like the case discussed by Da Silva and Ferreira (2018) regarding the dictatorial regime in Portugal, tends to be ignored or downplayed both in Spanish society at large and in history textbooks in particular. Drawing on some parallelisms between memory politics in the Portuguese and Spanish post-dictatorship periods, various theoretical approaches in relation to collective memory are discussed in order to explain why Spanish presence in Africa, just like the armed struggle against Salazar’s dictatorship in Portugal, has traditionally been ignored. This theoretical discussion is further supplemented by the results of a recent analysis on how Spanish colonialism in North Africa is portrayed in history textbooks. The negative description of the Spanish colonial experience in Spanish textbooks, along with the virtual absence of certain key events, seems to suggest a difficulty in accommodating the unpopular and troubled colonization in North Africa within the Spanish national master narrative, traditionally built upon Spain’s past imperial greatness.
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This paper examines the forgotten Spanish colonial past in North Africa; a historical period that, like the case discussed by Da Silva and Ferreira (2018) regarding the dictatorial regime in Portugal, tends to be ignored or downplayed both in Spanish society at large and in history textbooks in particular. Drawing on some parallelisms between memory politics in the Portuguese and Spanish post-dictatorship periods, various theoretical approaches in relation to collective memory are discussed in order to explain why Spanish presence in Africa, just like the armed struggle against Salazar’s dictatorship in Portugal, has traditionally been ignored. This theoretical discussion is further supplemented by the results of a recent analysis on how Spanish colonialism in North Africa is portrayed in history textbooks. The negative description of the Spanish colonial experience in Spanish textbooks, along with the virtual absence of certain key events, seems to suggest a difficulty in accommodating the unpopular and troubled colonization in North Africa within the Spanish national master narrative, traditionally built upon Spain’s past imperial greatness.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftIntegrative Psychological and Behavioral Science
ISSN1932-4502
StatusAfsendt - 2018
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
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