DAVID A. BELL: Recent Publications (2023-24)




“Election Chronicle”: A series of articles on the 2024 presidential election for tbe Tocqueville 21 web project in English, and Le Grand Continent in French and Spanish translation

“Bourgeois Enlightenment Revivified,” French History , June, 2024.

“Elise Stefanik, Dean of Faculty,” Chronicle of Higher Education Review, April 24, 2024.

 “In My Mother’s Archive,” The New York Review online, February 20, 2024.

“The Anti-Liberal,” Liberties, vol. IV, no. 2 (2024)

“Should Nations Have a Right to Conquest?” UnHerd magazine, January 30, 2024.

“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.





 “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. 





"Piety and Power" (review of Bronwen McShea, La Duchesse: The Life of Marie de Vignerot--Cardinal Richelieu's Forgotten Heiress Who Shaped the Fate of France), The New York Review of Books, April 4, 2024)

“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. 

David A. Bell

Sidney and Ruth Lapidus

Professor in the Era of

North Atlantic Revolutions


Department of History


Princeton University



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