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Palgrave Macmillan
Subsidiary of Macmillan Publishers
Industry Publishing
Founded 2000
Headquarters Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Products non-fiction trade titles, textbooks, journals, monographs, professional and reference works in print and online

Palgrave Macmillan is an international academic and trade publishing company, headquartered in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom[1]. It was created in 2000 when St. Martin's Press Scholarly and Reference in the USA and Macmillan Publishers in the UK united their worldwide academic publishing operations. Both Macmillan and St. Martin's Press are owned by the German publishing company Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, based in Stuttgart. 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 [2] in the English Language in 1861, which was published by Macmillan and became a standard work for almost a century.
  • Sir Inglis Palgrave or Robert Harry 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 published in 1987[3]. He was a banker and editor of The Economist.
  • Sir Reginald Palgrave or Sir Reginald Francis Douce was Clerk of the House of Commons and wrote a History of the House of Commons, which Macmillan published in 1869.
  • William Gifford Palgrave was a brilliant 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 publishes The Statesman's Yearbook, now in its 145th edition (2009). This classic reference work presents a political, economic and social account of every country of the world together with facts and analysis.

In 2008, Palgrave Macmillan published The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume.

In 2009 Palgrave Macmillan launched Palgrave Connect[4], their own ebook platform, making over 4,500 scholarly ebooks available to libraries.

Distribution clients[edit]

Palgrave Macmillan represents the sales, marketing and distribution interests of W. H. Freeman, Worth Publishers, Sinauer Associates, University Science Books and Scientific American Medicine Books outside the USA, Canada, Australia and the Far East.

In North America Palgrave Macmillan distributes Berg, I B Taurus, Manchester University Press, Pluto Press, and Zed Books.

In Australia Palgrave represents both the Macmillan Group, including Palgrave Macmillan and Nature Publishing Group, and a variety of other academic publishers, including Taylor and Francis, Routledge, David Fulton, W. H. Freeman, Sinauer Associates, Seven Stories, Henry Holt, Verso, Ocean Press, Perseus Books Group, I B Taurus, Lynne Reiner Publishers, Bedford-St. Martin's, University Science Books, The New Press, Saqi Books Publishers, Zed Books, Haymarket Books, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, and Learning Matters.


Current Palgrave Macmillan authors include:

  • Andrew Gamble, Professor of Politics at Cambridge University and author of The Spectre at the Feast[7]
  • Roger Scruton, philosopher, writer, activist and composer and author of The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought[9]


  1. ^ Contact Palgrave Macmillan
  2. ^ Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems, Palgrave Macmilllan, 2000, ISBN 9780333949535
  3. ^ The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics 2nd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, ISBN 9780333786765
  4. ^ Palgrave Connect
  5. ^ The King of Madison Avenue, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 9781403978950
  6. ^ Leading the Charge, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 9780230612655
  7. ^ The Spectre at the Feast, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 9780230230750
  8. ^ The RSC Shakespeare: The Collected Works , Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, ISBN 9780230200951
  9. ^ The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, ISBN 9781403989529
  10. ^ Engaging the Muslim World, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 9780230607545

Further Reading[edit]

The Palgrave Family History

External Links[edit]

Official website

Macmillan Group

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

Palgrave Connect