Politics in History: The Chilean radical right in the 20th century

Mario Sznajder


This work characterizes an important aspect of the political culture of the
Chilean radical right in the 20th century: its use of history as a political tool and the
introduction of political themes into the presentation of historical subjects or events.
The main example is the reliance on the work of Diego Portales and his foundational
role in the formation of the Chilean state and its institutions. The analysis describes
the development of a Chilean radical right which ideologically relies on the work of
serious historians but also “uses” history for contemporary political purposes. The
period analyzed is the 20th century in which Chile alternated between democracy
and authoritarian dictatorships which were in a certain way influenced also by the
radical right.

Palabras clave

Radical right, Conservative right, History, Politics, Corporativism, Subsidiarity, Chile

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ISSN de la edición impresa: 1575-6823

ISSN digital: 2340-2199

Depósito legal: SE 235-2015

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