Choose a country and the research paper will focus on a topic that falls in the period from World War II to the present. The aim is NOT to write on current events but on events or trends in the past that can help give essential background for understanding todayâ€™s news. Library research using scholarly books and journals (not newspaper articles) will be the backbone of the assignment (at least three journal articles and two books should be used heavily in the research). Each paper will be organized around something puzzling in that countryâ€™s political, economic, or social experience at some time in the latter half of the twentieth century or the first decades of the present century. That puzzle will be expressed in a â€œwhy question,â€ which will be substantiated by qualitative or quantitative evidence. Students will develop an answer to that â€œwhy question,â€ which will be the argument of the paper, including further evidence to support that argument. Write a 1-2 page research proposal with references.