OK, I have a project due and I need a topic. --- something under the umbrella NAZI OR GERMAN INVASION OF EUROPE.
Can you give me some ideas?
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I would research the war on the Eastern Front, and present that as a stand alone topic. It was the most brutal and bloody of the entire war, and has an endless amount of material for you to dive into. You can analyze the leaders of the USSR and Germany, the Generals, the battles, the tactics - it's endless, and very interesting if you're a military historian like me.
If you're interested in Germany's conquest of Europe, you might consider how it organized it's armed forces to create Blitzkrieg -- this was something novel at the time and was one of the key developments in the war. Nothing like it had ever been seen before, and almost all of Europe fell in short order. You might explore why England and Russia did not....it might also be useful and instructive to contrast that style of warfare with what happened during World War I -- which is why Europe, even after watching Germany amass new armaments during the 1930's, still was not prepared for the onslaught...
One particular topic that could prove interesting to research would be how the policy of appeasement fed the Nazi acquisition of European nations. I think it would be insightful to analyze how leaders like Chamberlain were able to justify their actions in dealing with Hitler. Historical afterthought has created a virtually uniform opinion that the Nazis represented the worst in human nature. However, this refuses to acknowledge that there were many learned individuals who were in the position of power and treated Hitler and the Nazis as political equals, blind to what was being done or what the implications of their actions would be. It would prove to be quite enlightening to display the historical reality of "the perils of indifference," as Wiesel would say.
In my opinion, the first step in writing a good research paper is picking a topic that interests you, if at all possible.
If I were you, I would pick the overall idea of Nazi and think about life in Nazi Germany. Then I would try to pick some aspect of life that interested me and see what I could find out about that aspect under Nazi rule.
So if you're interested in the arts, how did Nazi rule affect them? If you're interested in sports, same question. You can look at the role of women in Nazi society or Nazi views on religion. It all depends on what you think would be of interest.
You could do the obvious and present Hitler's hold on Germany. Or you could talk about how the US stayed out of the war until Pearl Harbor. You could pick any battle, the Battle of the Bulge, D-Day Invasion, or Bastone. You could even talk about the last days of the war and how Hitler handled that.
Hope that helps.
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