Dr. Bell has written or edited five books, and published numerous articles in academic journals, popular publications, books and websites.
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Churchill and the Dardanelles, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Churchill and Sea Power, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 (hardcover and e-book, 2012; paperback, 2014; audiobook, 2014; audio CD, 2016).
The Royal Navy, Seapower and Strategy between the Wars, Stanford: Stanford University Press/London: Macmillan (in association with King's College London), 2000.
At the Crossroads between Peace and War: The London Naval Conference of 1930, ed. John H. Maurer and Christopher M. Bell (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014).
Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective, ed. Christopher M. Bell and Bruce A. Elleman, London: Frank Cass, 2003.
‘The Washington Treaty Era: Neutralising the Pacific’ in The Sea in History - The Modern World, ed. N.A.M. Rodger (London: Boydell Press, 2017), 502-11.
‘Contested Waters: The Royal Navy in the Fisher Era’, War in History, 23, no. 1 (January 2016), 115–126.
‘The Myth of a Naval Revolution by Proxy: Lord Fisher’s Influence on Churchill’s Naval Policy, 1911-14,’ Journal of Strategic Studies, 38, no. 7 (December 2015), 1024–44.
‘La batalla del Atlántico desde un comité: guerra económica y estrategia británica’ (Waging the Battle of the Atlantic by Committee: Economic Warfare and British Strategy), Desperta Ferro Contemporánea, no. 12 (December 2015), 14-20.
‘Air Power and the Battle of the Atlantic: Very Long Range Aircraft and the Delay in Closing the Atlantic “Air Gap”’, Journal of Military History, 79, no. 3 (July 2015), 691-719.
>>Awarded the 2014 Sir Julian Corbett Prize in Modern Naval History (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)
“Britain and the London Naval Conference”, in At the Crossroads between Peace and War: The London Naval Conference of 1930, ed. John H. Maurer and Christopher M. Bell (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014), 49-87.
‘Sentiment vs Strategy: British Naval Policy, Imperial Defence, and the Development of Dominion Navies, 1911-1914’, International History Review, 37, no. 2 (April 2015), 262–81 (first published online, 9 June 2014).
‘On Standards and Scholarship: A Response to Nicholas Lambert’, War in History, 20, no. 3 (July 2013), 381–409.
“Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution Reconsidered: Winston Churchill at the Admiralty, 1911‑14”, War in History, 18, no. 3 (July 2011), 333‑56.
“Winston Churchill and the Ten Year Rule”, Journal of Military History, 74, no. 4 (October 2010), 523‑56.
“The King’s English and the Security of the Empire: Class, Social Mobility, and Democratization in the British Naval Officer Corps, 1918-1939”, Journal of British Studies, 48, no. 3 (July 2009), 695-716.
“Prisoners of War” and “Naval Prisons”: in Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, ed. John B. Hattendorf (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), vol. 3, pp. 372-8, 378-81.
“Mutiny and the Royal Canadian Navy”, The Unwilling and the Reluctant: Perspectives on Military Disobedience in the Canadian Forces, ed. Craig Mantle, Kingston, Ontario: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2006, pp. 87-112.
“The Royal Navy, War Planning and Intelligence Assessments of Japan between the Wars” in Intelligence and Statecraft: The Use and Limits of Intelligence in International Society, ed. Peter Jackson and Jennifer Siegel, Westport, CN: Praeger, 2005, pp. 139-55.
“The Royal Navy and the Lessons of the Invergordon Mutiny”, War in History, 12, no. 1 (January 2005), 75-92.
“Winston Churchill, Pacific Security, and the Limits of British Power, 1921-41”, Churchill and Strategic Dilemmas before the World Wars, ed. John H. Maurer, London: Frank Cass, 2003, pp. 51-87.
“The Invergordon Mutiny, 1931”, Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective, ed. Christopher M. Bell and Bruce Elleman, London: Frank Cass, 2003, pp. 170-92.
“Naval Mutinies in the Twentieth Century and Beyond” (with Bruce Elleman), Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective, ed. Christopher M. Bell and Bruce Elleman, London: Frank Cass, 2003, pp. 264-76
The ‘Singapore Strategy’ and the Deterrence of Japan: Winston Churchill, the Admiralty, and the Dispatch of Force Z”, English Historical Review, vol. 116, issue 467 (June 2001), 604-34.
>>Reprinted in The Second World War, vol. VII, Alliance Politics and Grand Strategy, ed. Jeremy Black, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2007, 107-37.
“Thinking the Unthinkable: British and American Naval Strategies for an Anglo-American War, 1918-31”, International History Review, XIX, no. 4 (November 1997), 789-808.
>>Honorable Mention for the 1997 Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Prize in Naval History, awarded annually by the US Naval Historical Center and Naval Historical Foundation for the best article on US naval history in a scholarly journal.
‘“How are we going to make war?”: Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond and British Far Eastern War Plans’, Journal of Strategic Studies, 20, no. 3 (September 1997), 123-41.
>>Reprinted in Naval History, 1850–Present, ed. Andrew Lambert, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, vol. II, 27-45.
“‘Our Most Exposed Outpost’: Hong Kong and British Far Eastern Strategy”, Journal of Military History, 60, no. 1 (January 1996), 61-88.
‘Did Churchill Prolong the Battle of the Atlantic?’, Hillsdale College’s The Churchill Project website,
‘The Familiar Face of Winston Churchill’, Oxford University Press Blog, http://blog.oup.com/2012/12/winston-churchill-familiar-face/