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A Plague of InformersConspiracy and Political Trust in William III's England$
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Rachel Weil

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300171044

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300171044.001.0001

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Debates on National Security

Debates on National Security

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(p.27) Chapter 1 Debates on National Security
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A Plague of Informers
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Rachel Weil

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300171044.003.0002

This chapter explores the controversies surrounding the handling of threats to the regime as a window into the experience and process of regime change after 1688. It looks at parliamentary debates on indemnity, loyalty oaths, habeas corpus, the reform of treason trials, the reversal of the conviction of Titus Oates, and the use of attainder. Members of parliament argued about the relative value of liberty and security, as well as about the relative importance of different institutions in upholding the revolution. These debates reveal many kinds of divisions as well as the importance of ideology.

Keywords:   Williamite regime, parliamentary debates, regime change, liberty, security, ideology

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