Explaining Disease: A Chapter in Nigerian Historiography


Author: Faleye, Olukayode
Journal: Social Evolution & History. Volume 20, Number 1 / March 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30884/seh/2021.01.04

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 maps 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, historical epidemiology, historical utility, medical history, Nigerian historiography. 

Olukayode A. Faleye, edo State University, Uzairue more