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Michael Gove on teaching history

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 30 December 2013

Andrew Marr discusses the teaching of history with the Government's Education Secretary Michael Gove. The new history curriculum for schools has been hotly contested and the Minister explains his views on whether facts and dates trump historical analysis. He's joined by Margaret MacMillan who will present a real-time countdown to the outbreak of WWI in the coming year, the academic and tv historian Simon Schama, and Tom Holland who has recently translated Herodotus, considered to be 'the Father of History'.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

  • Michael Gove

    Michael Gove is the MP for Surrey Heath and Secretary of State for Education.


    Michael Gove

  • Margaret MacMillan

    Margaret MacMillan is the Warden of St Antony’s College and a Professor of International History at the University of Oxford.


    The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War is published by Profile Books.


    Margaret MacMillan

  • Simon Schama

    Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University.


    He is presently working on Volume 2 of The Story of the Jews.


    Simon Schama

  • Tom Holland

    Tom Holland is an author.


    Herodotus: The Histories, a new translation by Tom Holland, is published by Penguin Classics.


    Tom Holland


Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest
Michael Gove
Interviewed Guest
Margaret MacMillan
Interviewed Guest
Tom Holland
Katy Hickman


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