Palgrave Macmillan Annual Lecture Series

Humanities and Social Sciences

A short history of Palgrave Macmillan

While we celebrate a twenty-year milestone, our history in fact dates back much further to 1843, when Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, two brothers from the Isle of Arran, Scotland, founded Macmillan. We recently celebrated M175 festivities and are now in Macmillan’s 177th year!

The Macmillan story was deeply entwined with the story of the famous and erudite Palgrave family. Sir Francis Palgrave (1788 – 1861) and all four of his sons published numerous volumes with Macmillan, and their name lived on through Palgrave’s Golden Treasury (1861) - of which many of you received a lovely, bound copy during M175 celebration - and The Palgrave Dictionary of Political Economy (1894). You can view the full timeline here. These books remain in print to this day, and were published alongside influential works by the likes of Christina Rossetti, Alfred Tennyson, Thomas Hardy, and, later, John Maynard Keynes, as well as The British General Election book which we have published since the Second World War.

In 2000, the Palgrave name was revived as the imprint for Macmillan’s global academic publishing brand (encompassing the academic lists of Macmillan Press and St. Martin’s Press) with its name changing to Palgrave Macmillan in 2002. Macmillan often built long-standing relationships with its authors which is something we pride ourselves on continuing to this day, and publishing under the family name of some of our most esteemed authors reflects this. For a more detailed history of the Palgrave family, please find a timeline attached, courtesy of Alysoun Sanders.

Since 2015, the Palgrave Macmillan imprint is part of Springer Nature and continues to publish cutting-edge research in the humanities, social sciences and business, including over 2000 books and c. 50 journals. 

Book your free place at the second lecture in the series, taking place 16 September 2021