Open to students in the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions only.

The International History Olympiad has featured a competitive Historical Simulation since its inaugural event in 2015.

Indian Cabinet, 1947: The Indian Independence movement is one of the great achievements of pacifism globally, and epitomized some of the optimism of the post-war movement. But independence didn’t solve all of the subcontinent’s problems – indeed it created many new challenges. Join us in this simulation as we represent the towering titans of the Indian Independence movement who would then lead the fledgling country and its diverse population in its early years. Tackle topics such as partition, economic development, and integration into the new global geopolitical order as we attempt to write a new history for the world’s largest democracy.

In the Historical Simulations, students are given a character or role to represent. They are to some extent beholden to how such a character could have realistically acted, but negotiation skills are even more important. The narrative arc of the Historical Simulations need not follow the actual historical sequence of events. Rather, the conditions that presented themselves at the outset of each Simulation will begin with the conditions that existed at that point in history, but from there, the decisions of the students and the way that Simulation staff guide each Simulation along will determine how things progress.