My books, including translations:


Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past and Present, New York, Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2016.

Napoleon: A Concise Biography, New York, Oxford University Press, forthcoming in fall 2015.

The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare As We Know It, Boston, Houghton & Mifflin, 2007 (British edition, London, Bloomsbury, 2007)

French translation: La première guerre totale: L'Europe de Napoléon et la naissance de la guerre moderne, trans. Christophe Jaquet, Seyssel, Champ Vallon, 2010.

Spanish translation: La primera guerra total: La Europa de Napoleón y el nacimiento de la guerra moderna, trans. Álvaro Santana Acuña, Madrid, Alianza, 2012.


Portuguese translation: Primeira guerra total: A Europa de Napoleão e o nascimento dos confrontos internacionais como os conhecemos, trans. Miguel Soares Palmeira, Rio de Janeiro, Record, 2012.

The Cult of the Nation in France, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2001.


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Lawyers and Citizens: The Making of a Political Elite in Old Regime France, New York, Oxford University Press, 1994.

La Recherche dix-huitièmiste: Raison universelle et culture nationale au siècle des Lumières, co-edited with Stéphane Pujol and Ludmila Pimenova, Paris and Geneva, Honoré Champion and Slatkine, 1999.


David A. Bell

Sidney and Ruth Lapidus

Professor in the Era of

North Atlantic Revolutions


Department of History


Princeton University