Conflict and Compromise in History

The Conflict and Compromise in History theme webinar will be on September 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Every year National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

To enter the National History Day Contest start by reading the Creating a Project page and contacting your State/Affiliate Coordinator to inquire about entering at the local or school level of your contest. The top two entries in each category at the Affiliate Contest level will be invited to the National Contest. The National Contest will be held June 10-14 at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Helpful Links

Creating a Project

Student Resources

Project Categories

Project Examples



See past annual themes.

2018 Theme Book

The Conflict and Compromise in History theme book in PDF format.

The 4 Cs Handout

This handout helps utilize context to better apply the Conflict and Compromise in History theme.

Category Infographics

These five infographics highlight the different categories of the National History Day Contest.

2018 Contest Flyer

This is a flyer you can hang in your classroom to encourage students to participate in the National History Day Contest.