Explaining Disease: A Chapter in Nigerian Historiography

Social Evolution & History: Forthcoming

Posted: 8 Jan 2020 Last revised: 8 Sep 2020

Date Written: February 24, 2019


This article examines the issue of historical utility with a focus on the contributions of the sub-fields of environmental and medical history to the development of Nigerian historiography. First, the article mapped out the place of Nigerian historiography in “glocal” view. It proceeds to evaluate the notion of “universality” embodied in the “scientification” of historical reality through theoretical expositions. Underpinned by the explanatory dichotomies that project theoretical divisions along the Western triumphalist paradigm, racist-Afrocentric category, and the emerging critical synthesis, it concludes that the latter embodied in the plurality and multidisciplinary narrative of disease pathology unveils alternative pathway for utilitarian Nigerian historiography.

Keywords: Disease Processes, Environmental History, Globalization, Historical Epidemiology, Historical Utility, Medical History, Nigerian Historiography

JEL Classification: F54, I10, I18, B52

Suggested Citation

Faleye, Olukayode, Explaining Disease: A Chapter in Nigerian Historiography (February 24, 2019). Social Evolution & History: Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3386196

Olukayode Faleye (Contact Author)

Edo University, Iyamho ( email )


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