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Erik Ching Authors New Book About Civil War in El Salvador

Furman University History Professor Dr. Erik Ching has written a new book about civil war in El Salvador.

Dr. Erik Ching is author of several books about El Salvador.
Dr. Erik Ching is author of several books about El Salvador.

Stories of Civil War in El Salvador: A Battle Over Memory is published by The University of North Carolina Press, which offers this description:

El Salvador’s civil war began in 1980 and ended 12 bloody years later. It saw extreme violence on both sides, including the terrorizing and targeting of civilians by death squads, recruitment of child soldiers, and the death and disappearance of more than 75,000 people.

Examining El Salvador’s vibrant life-story literature written in the aftermath of the conflict—including memoirs and testimonials—Ching seeks to understand how the war has come to be remembered and rebattled by Salvadorans and what that means for their society today.

Ching joined the Furman faculty in 1998 after earning master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At Furman, he teaches Modern Latin America, History of Africa, Revolution in Modern Latin America, and Origins of Global Poverty. He also teaches study away programs in Latin America and Africa.

He is the author of several books including Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the Origins of the Military Regimes, 1880–1940 (University of Notre Dame Press). Ching has co-written Modernizing Minds in El Salvador (University of New Mexico Press, 2012); Remembering a Massacre in El Salvador: The Insurrection of 1932, Roque Dalton and the Politics of Historical Memory (University of New Mexico Press, 2007); and Reframing Latin America: A Cultural Theory Reading of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (University of Texas Press, 2007).

More information about Stories of Civil War in El Salvador may be found at this link. Or contact Erik Ching in the Department of History, 864-294-2119,

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