business man shrugDivisions: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School
Competition Type: Individual, 1 preliminary round of 25 or 30 (TBD) for all age divisions tossup questions + finals

The topic for the 2020 International History Olympiad Scramble will be revealed on July 1, 2020.

The topic in 2020 will be more narrowly construed than at prior Olympiads. You have been warned.

Note: The topic for the 2015 Scramble was the History of the Greater Caucasus Region; for 2016 it was the History of Infectious Disease; for 2018 it was the History of African Colonization

The Scramble is a Bee-style event unique to the Olympiad. While our quiz tournaments typically reward long-term knowledge of numerous eras and places throughout history, the Scramble is a tournament where the focus will only be announced roughly one week in advance of the Olympiad (and not on the opening ceremonies as in 2015 and 2016 – this gives players a bit more time to prepare). Players who take the Scramble challenge will then have approximately 12 days to cram on the topic; we thus highly recommend that Scramble players bring a laptop with which they can access online resources to study the Scramble topic, though we will have library books to check out on the topic as well. What will the Scramble topic be? Can you cram as well as you can study for the long-term? Good luck in this challenging tournament!

2018 Champions (Topic was History of African Colonization)
Varsity: Alex Howe, Virginia
Junior Varsity: Eshaan Vakil, Nevada
Middle School: Siddharth Kamannavar, California

2016 Champions (Topic was History of Infectious Diseases)
Varsity: Jakob Myers, Illinois
Junior Varsity: Alejandro Lim, Philippines
Middle School: Shiva Oswal, California

2015 Champions (Topic was History of the Greater Caucasus Region)

Varsity: Ben Koppel, Maryland
Junior Varsity: Timothy Li, Hong Kong
Middle School: Anabel Mellinger, Switzerland