Each year research projects must relate to the overall National History Day® theme.
The theme changes every year. Themes are picked are initially broad to allow research and presentations on a wide range of topics, from local to world history. To understand the historical significance of your topic you need to ask questions about time, place and context; cause and effect; change over time; and impact and significance. You must consider not only when and where events happened, but also why they occurred and what factors contributed to their development. There is no single interpretation of any of the NHD® themes – the goal is to create a lens through which students can analyze their topics.
National History Day® 2018 – Conflict & Compromise in History
For National History Day students, the 2017-2018 academic year will be filled with research related to the theme Conflict and Compromise in History. This
year’s theme requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it doesn’t? If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict? What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict?
These are the types of questions you will need to ask yourself as you are working on your project. You will need to thoroughly examine the significance of your topic in history and show development over time. Begin by utilizing secondary sources, and then move on to seek out available primary sources. As you use your research skills, you will begin to understand the relationship of your topic to the theme. From this understanding you will further develop you project, refining it – creating a well-researched, organized and quality paper, performance, documentary, exhibit or website for National History Day!
For a list of this year’s winners, click here!