I need a topic for a AP European History essay. It must have something to do with a Social issue in France, Russia, England, or Germany from after WWII to now. I've tried searching for social issues on google but not much comes up with any information on it. The only sources I can use are Books and Scholarly Journals (need at least 5 of these). Thanks for any help.
It's always helpful when tackling an assignment like this to first make sure you have defined what it is you are researching. Something as general as "a social issue" is harder to research than a more specific topic.
What IS a "social issue," anyway? The most on-point definition I found (in the Free Online Dictionary) was "Of, relating to, or occupied with matters affecting human welfare: social programs." All right -- what affects human welfare? Health is the first thing that came to my mind. European countries, unlike the U.S., have universal health care systems. How did this happen? That's a paper topic.
Let's try another. The economy affects human welfare. There have certainly been major economic changes in Russia and Germany since WWII; private ownership of property? inflation? taxes? All issues that could be explored.
Or take the "social programs" aspect of our definition. Did Russia have a "welfare program" (as we know the term) when it was a part of the U.S.S.R.? Did any Soviet countries? I have no idea, but I expect someone has written on that topic.
If you still have trouble finding what you want, try picking a few of those scholarly journals and cruising their table of contents. That should yield a few ideas.
I hope this has been helpful to you!