From Tolerance to Tyranny

Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in relative harmony in medieval Spain. Then the Spanish Inquisition came along with its use of terror and racism, turning a pluralistic society into a police state. Writer Erna Paris first explored this history for IDEAS in 1995. In a new take, she calls what happened in Spain "a cautionary tale for today."
Detail from a painting by Pedro Berruguete of Saint Dominic presiding over an auto-da-fé (c.1495).
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Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in relative harmony in medieval Spain. Then the Spanish Inquisition came along with its use of terror and racism, turning a pluralistic society into a police state. Writer Erna Paris first explored this history for IDEAS in 1995. In a new take, she calls what happened in Spain "a cautionary tale for today." **This episode originally aired January 21, 2015.                                                                               

"Us and Them. The in-group and the outsider. . . Distrust of the Other seems to slumber within us, ready to erupt under certain conditions of xenophobia and violence.

From Tolerance To Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifthteenth Century Spain is published by Cormorant Books.

From Tolerance To Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifthteenth Century Spain is published by Cormorant Books.  

Erna Paris is the author of seven acclaimed works of literary non-fiction and the winner of twelve national and international writing awards for her books, feature writing, and radio documentaries. Her works have been published in fourteen countries and translated into eight languages. Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History was chosen as one of The Hundred Most Important Books Ever Written in Canada by the Literary Review of Canada. Her most recent work, The Sun Climbs Slow: The International Criminal Court and the Struggle for Justice was first on The Globe and Mail's Best Book of the Year list and shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
                                                      


 

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