Maximiliano Salinas C.
Universidad de Santiago de Chile


Bourgeois linear time has been the hegemonic way of thinking about Chile throughout history, since the 19th century. This way of thinking of history, an approach naturalized by elites, could only be established by economic and military enterprises in the 19th century, especially in the wake of the saltpeter wars, including the takeover of mining territories, President Balmaceda ousting, and repression on saltpeter workers at the onset of the 20th century. This bourgeois linear time ended up by being reinvented in the earlier century after the coup d’état in 1973, as a re-edition of the 19th century war exploits. Despite all of its paraphernalia, Chile’s historic life endures the consequences of that linear time regime, dehumanizing both privileged elites and the huge majority of people.

Keywords: linear time, bourgeoisie, Chile, 19th to 21st centuries.