Dr K Steven Vincent

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Teaching and Research Interests

Modern Europe, 1450-present. Emphases on modern European intellectual history; late-modern French political, social and cultural history.


Current Project:   Republican Liberalism Confronts the Era of Tyrannies:  Elie Halévy (1870-1937)



Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and the Rise of French Republican Socialism (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1984).      

Between Marxism and Anarchism:  Benoît Malon and French Reformist  Socialism (Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1992).

Benjamin Constant and the Birth of French Liberalism (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)


Edited Collections

The Human Tradition in Modern France, edited with Alison Klairmont Lingo (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2000).


 Book Chapters

“Authority, Revolution, and Work:  Views from the Socialist Left in the Fin-de-Siècle,” The Human Tradition in Modern France, K.S. Vincent and A.K. Lingo, eds. (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2000), pp. 99-113.  French translation in Bulletin de l’Association des Amis de Benoît Malon, no. 14 (juin 2001), pp. 43-54.

“Constant and Women,” The Cambridge Companion to Constant, Helena Rosenblatt , ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 173-205.

"Visions of Stateless Society," The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought, G. Stedman Jones and G. Claeys, eds. (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 433-75.

“Condorcet’s Utopianism: Faith in Science and Reason,” Utopian Moments, J.C. Davis and M. A. Ramiro, eds. (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012), pp. 86-91, 161-62.

“Liberal Pluralism in Early Nineteenth Century France,” Pluralism and the Idea of the Republic in France, H.S. Jones and Julian Wright, eds. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 41-65.

“Rousseau and Proudhon: Human Nature, Property, and the Social Contract,” Thinking with Rousseau from Machiavelli to Schmitt, H. Rosenblatt, ed. (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 252-67.

“Elie Halévy et l'éclipse du socialisme modéré après la Première Guerre mondiale,” Etudes:  Elie Halévy et L’Ere des tyrannies, V. Duclert and M. Scot, eds. (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, forthcoming).



"Penser la Gauche Française," History of European Ideas, 9 (1988), pp. 597-600, 10 (1989), pp. 77-83, 237-41.

"Interpreting Georges Sorel:  Defender of Virtue or Apostle of Violence?"  History of European Ideas, 12 (1990), pp. 239-57.

"Nationalism and Patriotism in French Socialist Ideology" (in Japanese  translation), History of Social Ideology: An Invitation, Hiroshi Mizuta ed. (Tokyo: Hokuju Publishing Co., 1991), pp. 152-162.

"Nationalism and Patriotism in Nineteenth Century French Socialist Thought," History of European Ideas, 15 (1992), pp. 217-223; and (in French translation) in Krisis, no. 32 (juin 2009), pp.  42-50.

"National Consciousness, Nationalism, and Exclusion:  Reflections on the French Case," (in Spanish translation) Revista GACETA (August, 1993); and (in English) in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 19, 3 (1993), pp. 433-49.

"Les années d'exil de Benoît Malon (1871-1880), 1ère partie:  la Suisse," Bulletin de l'Association des Amis de Benoît Malon, 3 (1993), pp. 433-49.

“Georges Sorel in North America," The European Legacy, 1:4 (1996), pp. 1459-64.

"Les années d'exil de Benoît Malon (1871-1880), 2ème partie; l'Italie, anarchisme contre 'experimentalisme'," Bulletin de l'Association des Amis de Benoît Malon, 4 (juin 1996), pp. 31-48.

"Jean Grave and French Communist Anarchism," Proceedings of the Western Society for French History: Selected Papers of the Annual Meeting, 23 (1996), pp. 244-55.

"Citizenship, Patriotism, Tradition, and Anti-Politics in the Thought of Georges Sorel," The European Legacy, 3:5 (1998), pp. 7-16.

“Benjamin Constant, the French Revolution, and the Origins of French Romantic Liberalism,” French Historical Studies, 23:4 (2000), pp. 607-37.

“Character, Sensibilité, Sociability, and Politics in Benjamin Constant’s Adolphe,” Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 28:3 (2002), pp. 361-83.

“Benjamin Constant, the French Revolution, and the Problem of Modern Character,” History of European Ideas, 30:1 (2004), pp. 5-21.

“Pierre-Joseph Proudhon et son influence sur la pensée socialiste,” Corpus: revue de philosophie, no. 47 (2004),  pp. 355-66.

“The Republican Moment(s) in Modern France,” European Journal of Political Theory, 6:2 (2007), pp. 239-48.

“Elite Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century France:  Salons, Sociability, and the Self,” Modern Intellectual History, 4:2 (2007), pp. 327-51.

“Martin Malia and the European Revolutionary Tradition,” European Journal of Political Theory, 7:4 (October 2008), pp. 492-512.

“Elie Halévy on England and the English,” Modern Intellectual History, 12:1 (April 2015), pp. 173-196.

“Benjamin Constant and Constitutionalism,” Historia Constitucional, n. 16 (2015), pp. 19-46.  E-journal @ http://www.historiaconstitucional.com.

“Elie Halévy:  Between Liberalism and Socialism, 1870-1937,” Perspectives Journal: Réseau français des instituts d’études avancées; n. 13 (printemps-été 2015), pp. 20-21.

“Equality in the Age of Singularity.”  Review article of Pierre Rosanvallon’s The Society of Equals, The European Legacy, 20:8 (2015), pp. 852-57.

“The 2016 Presidential Election in the United States,” Réseau français des instituts avancées, # 9, online (June, 2016): http://fellows.rfiea.fr.

“Elie Halévy and French Socialist Liberalism,” History of European Ideas (forthcoming); published online (January 2017): http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01916599.2016.1256588.



  • B.A. in Philosophy from University of CA, Berkeley, 1970
  • Ph.D. in History from University of CA, Berkeley, 1981