2022: Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences Theme Narrative by Ashley Foley Debbraccio, Program Assistant, NHD
During the 2021-2022 academic year, National History Day (NHD) students will explore the theme of Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. Some topics might be stories of debate and diplomacy, while others might cover debate with little diplomatic effort or diplomacy without debate. Students must investigate to determine whether one or both of those themes are present in their narrative.
Debates are formal or informal meetings where people argue opposing views. Some debates involve two sides, while others involve three (or more) perspectives.
Diplomacy usually involves negotiating, compromising, and communicating with people or nations to find a nonviolent solution. Debate and diplomacy can occur independently or be intertwined. Can diplomacy lead to new debates? Can debates lack diplomacy?
Students must also consider the successes, failures, and consequences of debates or diplomatic exchanges. Were they successful, and for how long? Didi they fail to resolve the issues or have unintended consequences? It is important to consider the short-term and long-term impact of different events or exchanges on history.
Students need to determine the legacies and consequences, good and bad, of the debates and diplomatic actions they choose. They must ask questions about successes, failures and consequences to drive analysis. What do we consider a successful debate or diplomatic endeavor? can a failure turn into a success or vice versa?
2022 Complete Theme Narrative