Richard Charles Cobb (1917 – 15 January 1996, aged 78) was a British historian. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and Merton College, Oxford. He became Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford, after an initially unconventional academic career in which he spent a dozen years working as an independent scholar in French archives. His work was recognised in France by the award of membership in the Légion d'Honneur. He is known for his work on the background to the French Revolution, and for his autobiographical writings.
- The People's Armies (1961) – First published in France as Les armées révolutionnaires; instrument de la terreur dans les départements, avril 1793-floréal An 2.; first English edition, 1987.
- Terreur et subsistances, 1783–1795 (1965)
- A Second Identity: Essays on France and French History (1969)
- The Police and the People: French Popular Protest, 1789–1820 (1970)
- Reactions to the French Revolution (1972)
- Paris and its provinces, 1792–1802 (1975)
- A Sense of Place (1975)
- A Classical Education (1975)
- Raymond Queneau (1976)
- Tour De France (1976)
- Death in Paris, 1795–1801 (1978)
- The Streets of Paris (1979)
- Promenades. A Historian's Appreciation of Modern French Literature (1980)
- French and Germans, Germans and French. A personal interpretation of France under two occupations, 1914-1918/1940-1944 (1983)
- Still Life: Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood (1983) – winner of the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography
- People and Places (1985)
- Something to Hold on to: autobiographical sketches (1988)
- Julian Barnes (2002). "'An Englishman abroad'". Something to Declare. London: Picador. p. 12. ISBN 0-330-48916-X.
- Cobb, Richard; Barnes, Julian; Gilmour, David (2004). Paris and Elsewhere: Selected Writings. New York Review of Books. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-59017-082-3. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
- Thomas, Robert McG.. "Richard Cobb, 78, an Authority On the French Revolution, Dies". The New York Times (The New York Times Co.). Retrieved 8 January 2012.
- "Obituary: Richard Cobb". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 16 January 1996. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- Works by or about Richard Cobb in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Cobb author page and archive from The New York Review of Books