DAVID A. BELL: Recent Publications (2021-22)





Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020)


French translation: Le culte des chefs: Charisme et pouvoir à l'âge des révolutions (Fayard, 2022). 





Two Cheers for Presentism,” Chronicle of Higher Education, August 23, 2022. 

“Napoleon Bonaparte in Modern European Political Culture,” Ricerche di storia politica, vol. 22, no. (2022),

                  pp. 117-129.

“Does Putin’s War Mark a New Period in History?” Foreign Policy magazine (Summer, 2022).

Introduction, co-written with Hugo Drochon, to Marcel Gauchet, Robespierre: The Man Who Divides Us the

                   Most, Princeton U. P. 2022. 

"For a New Social History of the Enlightenment: Authors, Readers, and Commercial Capitalism," Modern

                Intellectual History, 2022. 

"Marat/Zemmour," Liberties magazine, volume 2, no. 3 (2022).  

"The Zelensky Myth: Why We Should Resist Hero-Worshipping Ukraine's President," The New Statesman,

               March 24, 2022.

“Tocqueville, Napoleon and History-Writing in a Democratic Age,” The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, Vol. 42, no. 2 (2021), pp. 43-55.

“Revolutionary France as Nation-State and as Imperial Formation: The Need to Make Distinctions,” H-France Salon, vol. 13, no. 19/4 (2021).

“Le nouvel autoritarisme américain,” Le grand continent, August 22, 2021.

“’Napoléon est à la fois le fils et l’ennemi de la Révolution’: Entretien avec David Bell,” Le Monde, special issue on “L’héritage de Napoléon,” April 22, 2021.

“Napoléon, ou le charisme en politique,” L’Histoire, no. 482, April 2021.

Response Essay to reviews of Men on Horseback by David Armitage, Beatrice De Graaf, Ido De Haan, Dan Edelstein and Christine Haynes, H-Diplo electronic discussion list, March 15, 2021.

“Learning the Scholar’s Craft,” H-Diplo Essay, no. 297, January 2021.





“The Greek Revolution and the Age of Revolution,” in Paschalis Kitromilides (ed.), The Greek Revolution in the Age of Revolutions (1776-1848). Reappraisals and Comparisons, Routledge, 2021, pp. 32-42.

“Pinker’s Technocratic Neoliberalism, and Why It Matters,” in Philip Dwyer and Mark Micale (eds.), The Darker Angels of our Nature: Refuting the Pinker Theory of History & Violence, Bloomsbury, 2021, pp. 73-86.

“The Atlantic Revolutions,” in David Motadel (ed.), Revolutionary World: Global Upheaval in the Modern Age, Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp. 38-65.

Preface to Rahul Markovits, Staging Civilization: A Transnational History of French Theater in Eighteenth-Century Europe, University of Virginia Press, 2021.





“The Experiment” (review of Carolyn J. Eichner, The Paris Commune: A Brief History), The Nation, November 28, 2022. 

“Paris Transformed” (review of Esther da Costa Meyer, Dividing Paris: Urban Renewal and Social Inequality, 1852–1870, New York Review of Books, August 18, 2022.

 "Distant Moments" (review of Joan Scott, On the Judgment of History), The Nation, May 9-16, 2022

Review of Patrice Gueniffey, Napoleon and de Gaulle: Heroes and HistoryThe Journal of Modern History, vol. 94, no. 1 (2022).

"The End of the Terror" (review of Colin Jones, The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris), The New York Review of Books, March 10, 2022

“A Flawed History of Humanity” (review of David Graeber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything), Persuasion, November 19, 2021. French translation, in Le grand continent, December 3, 2021.

“Added Fashion Value” (review of William Sewell, Jr., Capitalism and the Emergence of Civic Equality in Eighteenth-Century France), The London Review of Books, October 7, 2021.

“Whose Freedom?” (review of Tyler Stovall, White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea), The New York Review of Books, September 23, 2021.

“Web of Connections” (review of Emma Rothschild, An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries), The Nation, September 6, 2021.

“A Haunted Patrimony” (review of James McAuley, The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France), The New York Review of Books, July 1, 2021.

Review of Beatrice de Graaf, Fighting Terror after Napoleon: How Europe Became Secure after 1815, H-Diplo electronic discussion list, May 7, 2021.

“Methods of Power” (review of Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Strongmen: How They Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall), The Nation, April 19, 2021.

Review of Roman Polanski, dir., “An Officer and a Spy,” Fiction and Film for Scholars of France, vol. 11, no 3

              (March, 2021)

David A. Bell

Sidney and Ruth Lapidus

Professor in the Era of

North Atlantic Revolutions


Department of History


Princeton University



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