Annelien De Dijn

Full Professor, Department of History, University of Utrecht, 2018-present


Freedom: An Unruly History. Harvard University Press. Forthcoming Spring 2020.

Abstract: This book surveys over two thousand years of thinking and talking about freedom in what is conventionally known as ‘the West’ – starting with the invention of freedom in ancient Greece and bringing the story all the way up to the present. In doing so, the book shows that our conception of freedom – the idea that freedom depends on the limitation of state power – must be understood as a deliberate and dramatic rupture with long-established ways of thinking about liberty.

French Political Thought from Montesquieu to Tocqueville: Liberty in a Levelled Society? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Series Ideas in Context, 2008; paperback version published in 2012; Chinese translation published with Sun Yat-sen University Press in 2018.

Reviewed in Political Theory, Perspectives on Political Science, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, the American Historical Review, English Historical Review, Modern Intellectual History, History of European Ideas, French Studies.

Reading Tocqueville: From Oracle to Actor. Edited with Raf Geenens (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).

Reviewed in French History, French Studies, and H-France ç


Egalitarian Revolutions: The Struggle for Economic Equality in the Atlantic World, 1776- 1815.

Rethinking Liberty Before Liberalism. Edited with Hannah Dawson. Under review with Cambridge University Press (submitted May 2019).


“The Ethos of Democracy”, Modern Intellectual History 16 (2019), 607-612.

“Rousseau and Republicanism”, Political Theory, 46 (2018): 59-80.

“Was Montesquieu a Liberal Republican?” The Review of Politics , 76 (2014) 21-41.

“Montesquieu’s Controversial Context: The Spirit of the Laws as a Monarchist Tract”, History of Political Thought, 34 (2013): 66-88.

“From the Enlightenment to the Terror: New Genealogies”, Modern Intellectual History (2013) 10: 153-162.

“The Politics of Enlightenment: From Peter Gay to Jonathan Israel”, The Historical Journal, 55 (2012) 785-805.

“On Political Liberty: Montesquieu’s Missing Manuscript”, Political Theory, 39 (2011) 181-204.

“A Third Democracy in America?”, History of European Ideas 37 (2011) 406-408.

“Bertrand de Jouvenel and the Revolt against the State in Postwar America”, Ethical Perspectives, 17 (2010) 371-388.

“Liberalism and Republicanism in the French Revolution”, History of European Ideas, 36 (2010)130-133.

“Conflicted Americanism in the case of the Sacco-Vanzetti Affair”, French Politics, 7 (2009) 456-463.

“The Intellectual Origins of Tocqueville’s L’Ancien Régime et la Révolution”, Modern Intellectual History, 5 (2008) 1-25.

“Aristocratic Liberalism in Post-Revolutionary France”, The Historical Journal, 48 (2005) 661-681.

“Balancing the Constitution: Bicameralism in Post-Revolutionary France, 1814-1831”, European Review of History, 12 (2005) 249-269.

“A Pragmatic Conservatism. Montesquieu and the Framing of the Belgian Constitution (1830-1831)”, History of European Ideas 28 (2002) 227-245.


“Montesquieu on Religion and Politics”. In Keegan Callanan and Sharon Krause (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Montesquieu (under contract with Cambridge University Press).

“Democratic Republicanism in the Early Modern Period”. In Hannah Dawson and Annelien de Dijn (eds.) Rethinking Liberty Before Liberalism (manuscript under review with Cambridge University Press).

“Republicanism and Democracy: The Tyranny of the Majority in 18th-century Political Debate”. In Republicanism and the Future of Democracy, eds. Yiftah Elazar and Genevieve Rousseliere (Cambridge University Press, 2019) 59-74 [link].

“Enlightenment Political and Social Thought.” In The Cambridge History of French Thought, eds. M. Moriarty & J. Jennings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019) 241-248.

“A Strange Liberalism: Freedom and Aristocracy in French Political Thought”, in Stuart Jones and Julian Wright (eds.), Pluralism and the idea of the republic in France (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), 66-84.

“Tocqueville Today? Contexts, Interpretations and Usages” (with Raf Geenens) in Raf Geenens and Annelien de Dijn, eds. Reading Tocqueville: From Oracle to Actor (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) 1-12.

The Thinker by Rodin