Palgrave Macmillan was created in 2000 when St. Martin's Press Scholarly and Reference in the US united with Macmillan Press in the UK to combine their worldwide academic publishing operations. The company was known as simply Palgrave until 2002, but has since been known as Palgrave Macmillan.
Palgrave is named after the Palgrave family. Classical historian Sir Francis Palgrave, who founded the Public Record Office, and his four sons were all closely tied with Macmillan Publishers in the 19th century:
Francis Turner Palgrave acted as assistant private secretary to future Prime Minister Gladstone, before creating his Palgrave's Golden Treasury in the English Language in 1861, which was published by Macmillan and became a standard work for almost a century.
Inglis Palgrave was the editor of The Palgrave Dictionary of Political Economy, which was first published by Macmillan in 1894, 1896 and 1899 and the inspiration for The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics was published in 1987. He was a banker and editor of The Economist.
William Gifford Palgrave was an Arabic scholar. He wrote a two-volume work describing his travels and adventures for Macmillan called Narrative of a Year's Journey through Central and Eastern Arabia (1865), which was the most widely read book on the region until the account by T. E. Lawrence was published.
Palgrave Macmillan represents the sales, marketing and distribution interests of W. H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Sinauer Associates, and University Science Books outside the US, Canada, Australia and the Far East.
Palgrave has been criticised for a pricing structure which "will limit readership to the privileged few", as opposed to options for "open access without tears" offered by DOAJ, Unpaywall and DOAB.
Launched in 2012, Palgrave Pivot is an imprint of Palgrave Macmillan, aimed at publishing shorter, "rigorously peer-reviewed" monographs, focused on new important research across the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Notable authors include (alphabetically by last name):
John R. Bradley, journalist and middle-east expert, and author of After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked The Middle East Revolts and Inside Egypt: The Land of Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution
Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he is chair of the Middle Eastern Center. He is the author of Obama and the Middle-East: The End of America's Moment?
Marco Katz Montiel, composes music and teaches literature at MacEwan University, Music and Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature from Our America - Noteworthy Protagonists, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-137-43332-9,
Fawzia Koofi, Afghan MP, the first female candidate in 2014 Afghanistan Presidential elections, and author of The Favored Daughter,
John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, and author of John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon, 2013. ISBN 978-1137346490
David Niose, president of Secular Coalition for America and American Humanist Association and author of Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN 978-0-230-33895-1 and Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, ISBN 978-1137279248
Philippa Perry, psychotherapist, and author of Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy
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^The RSC Shakespeare: The Collected Works , Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, ISBN 978-0-230-20095-1
^After the Arab Spring:How Islamists Hijacked The Middle East Revolts, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN 978-0-230-33819-7
^Inside Egypt: The Land of Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN 978-0-230-12066-2
^Engaging the Muslim World, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 978-0-230-60754-5
^Going South: Why Britain will have a Third World Economy by 2014, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN 978-0-230-39254-0
^The Spectre at the Feast, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 978-0-230-23075-0
^Obama and the Middle-East: The End of America's Moment?, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN 978-0-230-11381-7
^"Music and Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature from Our America - Noteworthy Protagonists - Marco Katz Montiel - Palgrave Macmillan". palgrave.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
^The Favored Daughter, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, ISBN 978-0-230-12067-9
^Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights, Palgrave Macmillan and Amnesty International, 2011, ISBN 978-0-230-11233-9
^Milani, Abbas (2011). The Shah. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-4039-7193-7.(subscription required)
^Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy , Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, ISBN 978-0-230-25203-5
^The King of Madison Avenue, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4039-7895-0
^The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, ISBN 978-1-4039-8952-9
^Crisis and Recovery, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, ISBN 978-0-230-25190-8
^Leading the Charge, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 978-0-230-61265-5