Basics of Historical Committees

What is a Historical Committee?

In a traditional historical committee, the committee will operate under the same historical context as is outlined in the background guide. If you are in a historical crisis committee, the historical context may change based on your work!

Difference from Contemporary Committees

The biggest difference is obviously the time when the committee takes place, and this difference has a significant impact on how you should prepare and what you should expect.

1. Since the topic/event simulated has already happened, it is far more likely that you will find a ton of information and analysis regarding your committee topic.

2. Different from a contemporary committee, you and everyone else in a historical committee will have known how the event ended.

For example, you know that the United Nations was established in 1945, but there is no answer to the current climate crisis.

Why join a Historical Committee

It's a lot of fun! Historical committees are not only for aspiring historians. They are for everyone who wants to learn lessons from the past and to make an impact!

1. Because there is much more information about a past event than there is about a contemporary issue, you will have the opportunity to dive really deep into your committee topic and understand how the present and future is shaped by the past.

2. Most historical committees simulate events that are the turning points in history. It means that your decision could change the course of human development!

Want to prevent a civil war through peaceful negotiations, or lead a newly independent nation through turmoil and uncertainty? Join historical committees and rewrite history!