2020 was a year unlike any other, and we’ve brought together a selection of top content reflecting the year in History. Have a browse below, or head over to the individual imprint pages for more. If you’re interested in writing for us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an editor today.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Emily Russell, Publisher - History, Palgrave Macmillan

Emily Russell

In 2020, we continued to seek out cutting-edge and emergent areas of historical research, with our prolific history programme publishing pioneering work.

Our burgeoning handbook presence has grown, including The Palgrave Handbook of Humour, History and Methodology and The Palgrave Handbook of Britain and the Holocaust. As has our textbook offering, with a particular highlight being Patrick Manning’s Methods for Human History: Studying Social, Cultural, and Biological Evolution. We also continue to publish many Open Access titles, including De sphaera of Johannes de Sacrobosco in the Early Modern Period, edited by Matteo Valleriani. In addition to this, we saw the first book published in our newest series, Entangled Memories in the Global South.

One title which has proven particularly timely is our latest paperback, Florence Nightingale at Home. Initially we intended this book to mark 200 years since Nightingale’s birth, yet it has taken on new meaning and relevance, thanks to the need to stay at home this year, and the eponymous Nightingale hospitals established in the UK.

Christi Lue, Associate Editor - Archaeology, Logic and Cognition, Springer

Christi Lue

Publications in the history and archaeology program this year include some exciting new titles as well as updated editions to our past successes. 

Recently, we’ve published the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology, a 11,5000 page reference work, containing  1120 B/W illustrations and 2720 color illustrations. Further highlights from this year include the Handbook for the Analysis of Micro-particles in Archaeological Samples, Archaeologies of the Heart, the Springerbrief Prehistory of the Sudan, as well as an update to the textbook The Archaeologist’s Laboratory: The Analysis of Archaeological Evidence. We’re also looking forward to the forthcoming title Reading Prehistoric Human Tracks

Finally, the first title in Springer Nature and UNESCO’s new open access books partnership is a publication in the field of heritage on The Future of the Bamiyan Buddha Statues.