DAVID A. BELL: Recent Publications (2022-23)




“Will Marine Le Pen Defend French Jews?” UnHerd magazine, November 23, 2023.

“Why We’re Still So Obsessed with Napoleon,” Time magazine online, November 22,


“Why Napoleon Still Has Star Power,” The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2023.

“DeSantis Has Failed America’s Charisma Test,” UnHerd magazine, July 31, 2023.

“As France Burns, the Far Right Rises,” UnHerd magazine, July 3, 2023. 

“Where Does Your Department Stand on Abortion? Antiracism? Immigration?” Chronicle of Higher Education Review, June 26, 2023.

 “Macron’s Extreme Center Will Not Fall,” UnHerd magazine, March 30, 2023. 

“Hommage à John Merriman," Revue d’histoire du dix-neuvième siècle, no. 65 (2022), pp. 159-60  

“So You Want to Be a History Professor,” Chronicle of Higher Education Review, January 5, 2023.

“The Triumph of Antipolitics,” Liberties, vol. 3, no. 2 (2023), pp. 96-116. Translation forthcoming in Letras

                Libres (Mexico City). 

“Citadels of Neoliberalism or Bastions of Wokism: What Elite Higher Ed’s Critics on Both the Left and

                Right  Get Wrong,” Chronicle of Higher Education Review, December 9, 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.





 “The First Total War? The Place of the Napoleonic Wars in the History of Warfare,” in Alan Forrest et al.

                  (ed.) The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars, vol. II, Cambridge University Press (2023),

                  pp. 665-81. 

“American Exceptionalism,” in Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer (eds.), Myth America: Historians Take on

                the Biggest Lies and Legends About Our Past, Basic Books (2023), pp. 13-24. 





“A Shower of Sparks” (review of Christopher Clark, Revolutionary Spring: Europe Aflame and the Fight for a New World, 1848-1849), The Nation, November 13, 2023.

“Ego-Histories” (review of Enzo Traverso, Singular Pasts: The “I” in Historiography, and Darrin M. McMahon, History and Human Flourishing, The New York Review of Books, June 22, 2023. 

Review of Hervé Drévillon, Penser et écrire la guerre: Contre Clausewitz. 1780-1837, Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, vol. 77, no. 4 (2022).

“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

David A. Bell

Sidney and Ruth Lapidus

Professor in the Era of

North Atlantic Revolutions


Department of History


Princeton University



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