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Purpose: One of the desired outcomes of this course is for students to expand their understanding of the Second World War as a global conflict. The war engulfed dozens of countries and hundreds of millions of people, yet our study of the war is often limited to the participation of “major” nations such as the United States, USSR, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan. To the peoples of “secondary” nations, the war was a monumental and traumatic event in their history. To better understand the impacts of the war upon a wider circle of participants, your writing project in this course examines the participation of one of these so-called “secondary participants.” This term is not meant to minimize the contributions of these nations or the suffering and effects of the war upon them, but to highlight the ethnocentrism and omissions that sometimes occur in the study of History.Scope: The majority of your grade in this class is a detailed study within a specified framework of the involvement of a “secondary” participating nation from their perspective. The objective is to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the impacts of the war upon a nation other than the “Big Five,” in the period immediately before, during and after World War II.Analysis: Your analysis will consist of five major areas:Introduction/Geographic and Historical Factors: What aspects of geography influenced your nations participation in the war? What historical ties or antagonisms contributed to your participation? What recent national history, particularly in the 25 years prior to the war led to participation in WWII? Geographic issues such as contested borders, unique natural resources, access to critical sea lanes, ground transportation systems etc.Political Factors: What was your nation’s pre-war form of government? Was it stable? Unstable? What were the major political parties? Who were the leaders of your country at the beginning of the war? At the end? What nations were your allies? What, if any, had been the major impacts of the FIRST World War been on the country? In what ways may political issues have contributed to your participation? If occupied, describe any government in exile or collaborationist government.Social and Economic Factors: Assess the social structure of your nation. Were there frictions between ethnic or religious groups? What type of economy did your nation have? What were the major economic resources or industries which may have influenced your nations participation? If your nation was a colony of another power at the time of the war, were there independence or nationalist movements? If your nation had previously been the territory of another nation, were there lingering ethnic or political frictions? What impact had the recent Global Depression had on the country, if any?Military Strength and Capabilities: Describe your armed forces at the time that war broke out for your nation. How big were they? Key military leaders? What was their level of modernization? Did they have a particular advantage or disadvantage? What significant actions did they participate in? What was their status by the end of the war? Losses? If your nation was overrun/occupied, did they continue to resist or contribute to the Allied or Axis cause? How?Significant Outcomes/Conclusions: Identify at least four significant outcomes for your nation due to your participation in the war. Focus on the post-war period of about twenty-five years from the end of hostilities for your nation. Did your borders change? How did they change? Did your political system change? How? Did your political alignments change? How? Were there major changes in your social or economic structures? What were they? What were your nation’s civilian and military losses in the war? In summary: What was your relative influence, power, and condition in the world at the end of the war, as compared to the outbreak of hostilities for the nation?Timeline: This project is divided into four stages due at various dates in the class. Detailed instructions and scoring rubrics are available in the course.Stage 1: Topic (Country) Selection (50 points): Students will select a choice nation for their study from the list provided in the Week 1 Content. A list of possible nations and brief overviews are in the Week 1 Content under Stage 1, Topic Selection. Although not required, it is advisable to share a list of at least one or two sources you plan to use.Stage 2: Annotated Bibliography (150 points) Students will prepare an analytical annotated bibliography consisting of a minimum of six sources. At least two of these must be Primary Sources. (For your Final Paper, you must use at least eight sources, three of which are Primary Sources.) The required citation style is Chicago Manual of Style. For an example of what elements to include in your citation, go to Course Content and review the resources in the Chicago Style module. Submit your Annotated Bibliography in MS Word or docx format. This assignment is due the end of Week 3 by 1159 PM Eastern Time. Detailed instructions are in the Week 3 Content under Stage 2 of Writing Project.Stage 3: Outline (100 points): Prepare an outline of your paper. Your subject country must be at the top of your outline. Your outline should be organized topically using the five analysis areas required for the Final Paper. Although your outline does not need to be written in complete sentences, it will be graded for spelling, capitalization, and other relevant grammar. Include an updated Standard Bibliography with your outline. This is NOT a copy of your Annotated Bibliography. Be sure to include any additional sources identified since submitting your Annotated Bibliography. You are required to include at least SEVEN sources in your outline. Submit your outline in MS word or docx format. This assignment is due the end of Week 5. Details are in the Week 5 Content under Stage 3 of Writing Project.Stage 4: Final Paper (300 points): Your final paper will describe the World War II participation of your chosen nation, using five areas of analysis: Introduction/Geographic and Historical Factors; Political Factors; Social and Economic Factors; Military Strength and Capabilities; and Significant Outcomes/Conclusions. Your final paper must be double-spaced, numbered, include 1-inch margins, use 12-point Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman. It should be about 8-10 pages in length, including a cover page that states your name, the title of the course, the name of the country you are writing about, and the name of your instructor. Your paper must be written in full sentences and organized in narrative format. Do not simply submit a bulletized list summarizing the required information. The citation style must be Chicago/Turabian. Instructions on the use of the Chicago/Turabian style are included in the Course Content. You must use at least eight sources, three of which are Primary Sources (Note this requires more resources than your Annotated Bibliography.) Wikipedia, History.com; Answers.com, encyclopedias, dictionaries and non-professional web sites are not accepted sources. Details are in the Week 8 content under Stage 4 of Writing Project.