Treason: “ 'Tis Worse than Murder”

Stan A. Taylor and Kayle Buchanan

in The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195375886
Published online September 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Treason: “ 'Tis Worse than Murder”

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This article investigates the origins of concerns about treason and the evolution of laws to prevent it. It also discusses the relationship between trust and treason and the role of trust in the development of democratic societies. The article also differentiates the legal definition of treason and the word that is more commonly used. It also discusses why traditional treason laws are rarely used to prosecute traitors as well as the development of anti-espionage laws. The article concludes with a discussion on the various motivations for treason and the changes that have occurred in those motivations.

Keywords: treason; evolution; laws; trust and treason; role of trust; definition of treason; traditional treason laws; anti-espionage laws; motivations for treason

Article.  8617 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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