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Michael Gove on teaching history

Andrew Marr talks to the education minister Michael Gove and historians Margaret MacMillan and Tom Holland.

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.

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43 minutes

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Mon 30 Dec 2013 21:30

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


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Michael Gove
Interviewed Guest Margaret MacMillan
Interviewed Guest Tom Holland
Producer Katy Hickman


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