A controversy has erupted in the United Kingdom over new History curriculum proposals. Conservative politicians are pushing for new national curriculum that would emphasize certain aspects of British history.
Many historians have criticized the new proposals as politically motivated attempts to instill a particular version of Anglocentric history.
Conservative popular historian Niall Ferguson has written in defense of the proposed new curriculum in the Guardian.
The Guardian also publishes historians’ comments on the controversy.
The controversy seems to center around the teaching of certain events in medieval and early modern English history that have often been viewed through a Whig interpretation of history.
Thanks to my colleague Sean Farrell, Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University, for sharing this piece.