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All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World Hardcover – June 10, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300125801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300125801
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2008 Cundill International Prize in History, given by the Cundill Foundation at McGill University.
(Cundill International Prize in History Cundhill Foundation)

"In this superb and strikingly original book, Stuart Schwartz raises an audacious thesis that is sure to excite attention and controversy."—Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Tufts University

(Felipe Fern���ndez-Armesto)

"This book is a major achievement by a senior historian with a long history of prolific and insightful scholarship. It will become one of those cherished classics that change the way we think."—Teofilo F. Ruiz, UCLA

(Teofilo F. Ruiz)

“Not many academic histories make you laugh out loud. Schwartz shows ordinary people using vulgarity and humor to convince inquisitors that sex between single people was no sin, and that all sincere believers (Muslim, Christians, Protestants) would be saved—even though they knew such defiance normally led to savage punishments. This is a book you must read.”—Geoffrey Parker, author of The Grand Strategy of Philip II
(Geoffrey Parker)

“Stuart Schwartz widens the road to religious tolerance with fascinating new examples from Portugal, Spain and their American colonies. Tradesmen, farmers, and slaves argue a down-to-earth relativism as independently as any radical scholar. An important book for understanding what leads people to accept difference and a source of hope for our own time.”—Natalie Zemon Davis, author of Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds
(Natalie Zemon Davis)

"Schwartz argues eloquently and convincingly. . . . A flowing narrative that is at once gripping and enlightening. . . . All Can Be Saved should prove to be a very important contribution to our understanding of religious belief, past and present."—Carlos Eire, Books & Culture
(Carlos Eire Books & Culture 2008-11-01)

“. . . Schwartz is far too good a historian to draw hard-and-fast conclusions . . . hitherto forgotten individuals of all categories (to) express their widely ranging views on the human condition afresh.  As readable as it is scholarly, his achievement is highly to be recommended.” - Count Tolstoy, The Monarchy
(Count Tolstoy The Monarchy 2009-03-15)

“The range of its ambition, the extent of its documentation, and the breadth of its geographical scope make his new book a remarkable achievement.”—J.H. Elliott, The New York Review of Books
(J.H. Elliott New York Review of Books 2009-08-13)

Winner of the 2009 John E. Fagg Prize, given by the American Historical Association.
(John E. Fagg Prize American Historical Association (AHA) 2009-10-29)

Winner of the 2009 Leo Gershoy Award, given by the American Historical Association.
(Leo Gershoy Award American Historical Association (AHA) 2009-10-29)

Winner of the Bolton-Johnson Prize awarded by the Conference on Latin American History
(Bolton-Johnson Prize Conference on Latin American History 2010-01-01)

"This richly textured study is full of fascinating material and rewards the reader with accounts and discussion of some inspiring human stories."—Catholic Historical Review
(Catholic Historical Review)

"This book represents a far-reaching, thoughtful, entertaining, and provocative study of dissidence and toleration. . . . [It] will remain an important sounding board for future studies that examine the cultural history of ideas of the common folk."—James. E. Wadsworth, The Americas
(James. E. Wadsworth The Americas)

"Impressively wide-ranging. . . . All Can Be Saved is pathbreaking for its methodology as well as its argument. . . .Schwartz sets a brilliant precedent here for pushing aside the tired boundaries of Iberian historiography to uncover surprising, deeply rooted, and shared societal attitudes of the early modern world."—Karin Velez, Journal of World History
(Karin Velez Journal of World History)

About the Author

Stuart Schwartz is George Burton Adams Professor of History and Director of the Council of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University. He has published extensively on the history of Spain, Portugal, and their New World colonies.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valeria on April 21, 2013
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Excellent interpretation of heterodoxy, diversity and toleration in Spain, Portugual and their colonies in America.
Through microhistory Schwartz traces both the continuities and differences of religious thoughts, that challenged the Inquisitorial orthodoxy.
His analysis challenges what has been taught at school level about the structure of the Spanish and Portuguese empires.
I recommend it for those who are looking to understand colonial America and those using microhistory as a methodology.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Bertrand on January 7, 2010
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This is an incredible book.Everything that we were not taught in high school you'll find in this book. The author has done a superb research job. The narrative intelligently combines actual historical cases with sensible commentaries.It's a "page turner".
Anybody interested in this topic should buy this book.
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