How the Space Race and Cold War shape the way that former Nazi officials were given leniency and amnesty.
Instructions for Research Plan
Your research plan must be in essay form and must be a polished piece of writing. It must have 1-inch margins, use 12-point font, be double-spaced, and be approximately 5-6 pages in length. Use footnote citations and follow the Chicago Style.
Outline for the Research Plan
I. Introduce your research topic and research question (approximately 1 page)
Your task in this section is to introduce your reader as specifically as possible to your research topic and your research question. What specific topic related to the course theme of Holocaust Memory in post 1945 Central Europe do you plan to research? What will be your chronological focus? What will be your regional/geographic focus? (Be sure to identify a chronological and geographic focus that will be feasible to research and write about in a 15 to 20-page paper.) Who are the main groups, organizations, individuals, or sectors of society that you plan to study? What is your overall research question? Be as concrete as possible.
II. Current state of scholarly knowledge on the topic (approximately 2 pages)
In this section you will provide a brief overview of the existing secondary scholarship on your research topic. How have other scholars interpreted your topic? What have been their main arguments? What research methods have they used? What types of primary sources have they used? What have been the major debates among scholars who research your topic? What have been the strengths and weaknesses of the work of other scholars who have written on your topic? You must cite specific relevant works using footnote citations. You must also be sure to discuss recent secondary source scholarship in this section.
III. Your contribution (approximately 1 page)
In this section you will describe the scholarly significance of your research. In what ways will your research build from the existing scholarship you described in section II? In what ways will your research add new insight to the existing scholarship? For example, will you be using a new methodological approach to your topic? Will you be looking at new primary sources? Will you be adding a new interpretation of the sources? What specific works have inspired your research? What specific works will you be disagreeing with? What gaps, weaknesses or blind spots in the existing scholarship do you plan to address in your research? Overall, what is the scholarly significance of your research?
IV. Sources (approximately 1 page)
In this section you will describe the types of primary sources you plan to use. Will you be using newspapers, political speeches, novels, poems, maps, memoirs, oral interviews, posters, film, memorials, etc.? Name specific newspapers, document collections, diaries, etc. that you have located. Why have you chosen the types of primary sources you have selected? What are the potential strengths and weaknesses of these sources?
V. Methods (approximately 1 page)
In this section you will describe what methodological approach you will be using in your research. What methodologies or theoretical approaches will shape your analysis of the primary sources listed in section IV? Overall, what types of questions will you be asking of your sources? Will you be employing cultural history, social history, political history, or a combination? Will you be using the methodological approach known as the history of everyday life? What theoretical assumptions will be shaping the questions you plan to ask of your sources? For example, how will you define key concepts such as “identity” and “nationalism”? Will you be using the theoretical concept of “collective memory”? You should cite the works of one or two other scholars whose methods have inspired your own planned approach. (These scholars may or may not have written on your research topic.) You might also cite the works of one or two theoreticians (Foucault, Marx, Freud, etc.) whose thinking has shaped your own theoretical assumptions. You may draw from class readings when relevant, and you may also draw from others.