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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?
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, ISBN978-0-230-33895-1 and Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, ISBN978-1137279248
Philippa Perry, psychotherapist, and author of Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy