On this page, we share historical simulations that require engagement with primary sources. The methodology is based on Reacting to the Past but is not affiliated with the Reacting Consortium.
The first game is Halls of Mirrors: Peacemaking in Paris, 1919, played in History 105 at Bishop’s University.
In this simulation, students divide into groups to simulate delegations to the Paris peace conference, called in 1919 to discuss a peace settlement after the First World War. Each student will be assigned to play one participant in the conference, and to simulate both that individual and the country they are representing. This simulation is an exercise in participatory problem-based learning. Therefore, active participation in some form is expected of everyone. You will have a chance to meet in your group, then to develop proposals. Each group should come up with talking points, and then collaborate on writing them up. You will also be expected to write at least two short pieces of writing on behalf of the individual you are simulating. Finally, we will meet in plenary sessions in which all groups will be given the opportunity to debate and vote on key issues.— Halls of Mirrors game description
This is followed by Bandung 1955: The Search for Independence. Simulating the conference of 29 Asian and African countries that eventually led to the Non-Aligned Movement, it uses role play and documents to ask students to confront issues of political and economic colonialism and true self-determination.