Embattled Identities in Postcolonial Chile

Joanna Crow

in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI:
Embattled Identities in Postcolonial Chile

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This chapter examines the participation of Araucanía and the indigenous Mapuche people in the War of the Pacific, a bloody conflict fought between Chile and its northern neighbors Peru and Bolivia in the late nineteenth century (1879–84). The conflict was probably the most significant “national” experience for Chile since independence (1810–18). The story of Araucanía is fascinating in this regard because in 1879 the region was not yet fully incorporated into the Chilean state; much of it was still independent Mapuche territory. This state of affairs was to change, however, during the War of the Pacific.

Keywords: postcolonial Chile; War of the Pacific; Araucanía; Mapuche; national identity; race

Chapter.  8268 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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