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Bell, David Avrom

Works: 15 works in 103 publications in 4 languages and 6,217 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history  Educational films  Filmed lectures  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DC121.3, 320.54094409033
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Most widely held works by David Avrom Bell
The cult of the nation in France : inventing nationalism, 1680-1800 by David Avrom Bell( Book )

32 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Using eighteenth-century France as a case study, David Bell offers an important new argument about the origins of nationalism. Before the eighteenth century, the very idea of nation-building - a central component of nationalism - did not exist. During this period, leading French intellectual and political figures came to see perfect national unity as a critical priority, and so sought ways to endow all French people with the same language, laws, customes, and values. The period thus gave rise to the first large-scale nationalist program in history."--Jacket
Lawyers and citizens : the making of a political elite in Old Regime France by David Avrom Bell( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the men who rose to power in France in 1789, lawyers were heavily represented. To a large extent, they also shaped the evolution of French political culture of the ancien regime. Lawyers and Citizens traces the development of the French legal profession between the reign of Louis XIV and the French Revolution, showing how lawyers influenced, and were influenced by, the period's passionate political and religious conflicts. David Bell analyzes how these key "middling" figures in French society were transformed from the institutional technicians of absolute monarchy into the self-appointed "voices of public opinion," and leaders of opposition political phamphleteering. He describes the birth of an independent legal profession in the late seventeenth century, its alienation from the monarchy under the pressure of religious disputes in the early eighteenth century, and its transformation into a standard-bearer of "enlightened" opinion in the decades before the Revolution. Lawyers and Citizens also illuminates the workings of politics under a theoretically absolute monarchy, and the importance of long-standing constitutional debates for the ideological origins of the Revolution. It also sheds new light on the development of the modern professions, and of the French legal system. Based on extensive primary research, this study will be of interest to historians and legal scholars alike
Napoleon : a concise biography by David Avrom Bell( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Napoleon Bonaparte's astounding life and military genius have captured imaginations for two centuries. Now award-winning historian David A. Bell provides a succinct and elegant portrait, offering an original and lively account of Napoleon's dazzling career and firmly situating him in the historical context of revolutionary France. Bell emphasizes the astonishing sense of human possibility - for both good and ill - that Napoleon represented. By his late twenties, he was already one of the greatest generals in European history. At thirty, he had become absolute master of Europe's most powerful country. In his early forties, he ruled a European empire mightier than any since Rome, fighting wars that changed the shape of the continent. But his fall was epic as well, leading him to spend his last years in miserable exile in the South Atlantic
The man who thought he was Napoleon : toward a political history of madness by Laure Murat( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon is built around a bizarre historical event and an off-hand challenge. The event? In December 1840, nearly twenty years after his death, the remains of Napoleon were returned to Paris for burial--and the next day, the director of a Paris hospital for the insane admitted fourteen men who claimed to be Napoleon. The challenge, meanwhile, is the claim by great French psychiatrist Jean-Étienne-Dominique Esquirol (1772-1840) that he could recount the history of France through asylum registries. From those two components, Laure Murat embarks on an exploration of the surprising relationship between history and madness. She uncovers countless stories of patients whose delusions seem to be rooted in the historical or political traumas of their time, like the watchmaker who believed he lived with a new head, his original having been removed at the guillotine. In the troubled wake of the Revolution, meanwhile, French physicians diagnosed a number of mental illnesses tied to current events, from "revolutionary neuroses" and "democratic disease" to the "ambitious monomania" of the Restoration. How, Murat asks, do history and psychiatry, the nation and the individual psyche, interface?"--Publisher's description
Shadows of revolution : reflections on France, past and present by David Avrom Bell( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Renowned historian, essayist, and journalist David A. Bell has long made France and its history the subject of his scholarly gaze and the object of his enduring affection. Shadows of Revolution : Reflections on France, Past and Present gathers together his writing, composed over a period of more than 25 years, into a single volume. As the title of this collection suggests, Bell views much of French history through the lens of the Revolutionary era. Within a space of a dozen years, from Bastille to Bonaparte, the country experimented with and experienced every form of governance, creating in the process, as Bell puts it, 'the most intense political laboratory the world had ever known.' The Revolution remains the country's defining era, delineating its sense of identity and overshadowing the events that followed it. Yet another, Bell argues, is the Vichy period and World War Two--France's dark night of the soul--with whose legacies the country continues to contend. These two moments of violent and transformative upheaval may dominate French history, but as this collection and Bell's observational powers reveal, the full range of topics involving France is endlessly rich and diverse. Divided into eight sections, it connects France's education to its national identity, the Enlightenment to the Revolution and human rights, Napoleon to Victor Hugo, and nineteenth-century anti-Semitism to such recent events such as the riots of 2006, the Arab Spring, and the Charlie Hebdo tragedy. Shadows of Revolution embodies and reflects the endlessly fascinating and entertaining complexity of French history, and shows the ways in which it has shaped world history"--
Du patriotisme aux nationalismes, 1700-1848 : France, Grande-Bretagne, Amérique du Nord( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La primera guerra total : la Europa de Napoleón y el nacimiento de la guerra moderna by David Avrom Bell( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in Spanish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawyers and politics in eighteenth-century Paris (1700-1790) by David Avrom Bell( )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La recherche dix-huitièmiste( Book )

in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dangerous ideas, dangerous men : Chateaubriand, Bonald, and the rights of the press by David Avrom Bell( )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Architects of democracy : lawyers and politics in early modern Paris by David Avrom Bell( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The public sphere in the eighteenth century by Daniel Gordon( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The cult of the nation in France : inventing nationalism, 1680-1800 David A. Bell by David Avrom Bell( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Napoleon and the cult of glory by David Avrom Bell( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The cult of the nation in France : inventing nationalism, 1680-1800
Alternative Names
Avrom Bell, David 1961-

Bell, David A.

Bell, David A. 1961-

Bell, David A. (David Avrom)

David A. Bell US-amerikanischer Historiker

David Bell Amerikaans historicus, afkomstig uit Frankrijk

David Bell historien

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Lawyers and citizens : the making of a political elite in Old Regime FranceArchitects of democracy : lawyers and politics in early modern Paris