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The Democratic Coup d'État$
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Ozan Varol

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190626013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190626013.001.0001

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The Glorious Coup

The Glorious Coup

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(p.67) 9 The Glorious Coup
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The Democratic Coup d'État
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Ozan O. Varol

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190626013.003.0009

This chapter discusses a 1688 conspiracy cultivated by military officers that culminated in a coup d’état against England’s King James II, popularly known as the Glorious Revolution. The soldiers who deserted James II joined the invading Dutch forces of William of Orange to topple the king. The coup was largely the product of a Protestant crisis of conscience among those of England’s military elite who remained faithful to the Church of England in the face of an absolutist Catholic King James II. The coup brought enduring changes to the social, religious, and political fabric of England, as its empire transitioned from absolute to constitutional monarchy.

Keywords:   Glorious Revolution, King James II, William and Mary, William of Orange, Lord Churchill, Declaration of Indulgence, Declaration of Rights, constitutional monarchy

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