Onstructing History: Fact / Selection / Purpose / Persuasion

Hello Writer,

Here are my assignment instructions:
(a) choose a question
(b) develop a strong argument in relation to the issues suggested; and
(c) address all of the issues suggested in the specific question you have chosen, i.e.
do not concentrate on one issue and ignore the others!
i?? In addition it is important for you to understand that this is academic writing. It is not
conversational, nor just i??notesi?? about the issues. Rather, as noted above, it is about
(d) your development of a sound and persuasive argument in relation to the
issues raised; and
(e) your keen and precise analysis of the issues raised.
i?? In order to develop your argument you need also
(f) to find and draw on a range of academic papers;
(g) to carefully analyze such papers; and(h) to consider the different range of arguments, views, and opinions raised in
those papers.
i?? Consider also the degree to which
(i) you agree or disagree with such arguments and opinions; and
(j) how you will i??usei?? such arguments, or how you will oppose them.
i?? In addition to the above you need to consider the following:
(k) you will need to find a minimum of 6 academic papers to use in your essay.
Some of these may already have been suggested to you in relation to tutorials, but the
majority you will need to find for yourselves;

Here is what I have chosen:

Constructing History: Fact / Selection / Purpose / Persuasion

While we all have a tendency to think that we know what i??historyi?? is, such tacit knowledge
often fails to distinguish between (among other things) events that happened in the past and
written accounts of such events. Moreover, when considering written accounts we often
subscribe to the nayive view that such accounts simply comprise what might be called
i??collected facts about the pasti??. In so doing we often fail to appreciate how and what facts are
selected (and thus which are omitted) and, perhaps more importantly, the reasons for and
purposes of their selection.
Drawing on a range of academic sources i?? many from outside of architecture and landscape
i?? that deal with the nature and theory of history, investigate:
(i) how, and the extent to which, history is constructed by historians;
(ii) the effects of such constructions, and who benefits i?? or who is intended to benefit
i?? from such constructions; and
(iii) the role(s) that such histories play in our understanding and appreciation of the
past, and of our conceptions of the present.