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Book Talk: A Plague of Informers: Conspiracy and Political Trust in William III’s England

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Olin Library, Room 107
Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Turbulent years followed the Revolution of 1688, and a fragile new government attempted to earn the people’s trust. Even when the objective is to bring liberty to its citizens, regime changes are never easy. Rachel Weil’s new book offers stories of plots, sham plots, and the citizen-informers who discovered or fabricated them, a period of chaos and uncertainty.

Join us for a Chats in the Stacks book talk to hear more about A Plague of Informers (Yale University Press, January 2014), an important contribution to our understanding of politics and transitions in governments.

Rachel Judith Weil is professor of history and director of graduate studies at Cornell University and the author of Political Passions: Gender, the Family, and Political Argument in England, 1680-1714.  She teaches courses in early modern English and British History (covering 1500-1800), early modern Europe, gender history, intellectual and cultural history, and the early modern Atlantic World.

This event is hosted by Olin Library. Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing, and light refreshments served. 

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Lynn Bertoia

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(607) 255-4813


Rachel Judith Weil

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Department of History

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