History and the Social Sciences: Towards a Common Ground

By Siyan Oyeweso.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The changing character of historical evidence, the development of new techniques, concepts and theories in related disciplines imply that even those historians who are skeptical about the methodology of the social sciences have to acquaint themselves with the basic fundamentals of social science research. This paper examines the mutually reinforcing relationship between history and many social science disciplines by arguing that historians and social scientists need and stimulate one another. More significantly, the paper contends that even within the historical profession there have emerged persons or groups who are fully or partially engaged in studies dealing with social science research. Indeed, a significant part of historical study and training now falls within the scope of the social sciences. In other words the paper takes cognizance of the sub-disciplines of history that are intrinsically imbued with the character of social science. The study concludes by articulating the centrality of the humanistic approach to the social sciences in particular and historical knowledge in general.

Keywords: History, Social Science, Humanistic Approach, Interdisciplinary Research

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.101-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 628.252KB).

Prof. Siyan Oyeweso

Chairman, Committee of Provosts, Deans and Directors, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria

Professor Siyan Oyeweso obtained his B.A., M.A. and PhD degrees from the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1982,1987 and 1995, respectively. In 1985, he joined the Lagos State University, Ojo as an Assistant Lecturer and became a Professor in 2004. Professor Oyeweso is a renowned specialist in the area of Nigerian History and Politics. His major publications include Perspectives on the Nigerian Civil War (1992), Eminent Yoruba Muslims (2001), Struggle for National Liberation and Social Justice (2003) and an impressive number of publications in local and international journals. Besides, he has served as Editor/Editor-in-Chief to a number of journals including the Nigeria Journal of History and International Studies, Nigeria Journal of Humanities, and Nigerian Historical Review. He is currently the Provost, College of Humanities and Culture and Chairman, Committee of Provosts of Osun State University, Osogbo.

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