V. Buzan History of Finland through the eyes of Students of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute


Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute

The article presents the student roundtable discussion titled «100th anniversary
of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Finland»
held in Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute on December 10, 2018. The history
department at the university co-organized this seminar.
At the panel discussion, students spoke on the establishment of diplomatic
and trade relations between Ukraine and Finland, an activity of the Ukrainian
embassy in Finland, compared life and views of Ukrainian and Finnish statesmen
— Pavlo Skoropadsky and Gustaf Mannerheim respectively.
Special attention was paid to the activity of 1918-1919 Finnish charge d’affairs
in Kyiv Herman Gummerus, who made a huge contribution to the establishment
of diplomatic relations between Finland and Ukraine. Participants
reviewed the memoirs of the Finnish diplomat in which he described relations
between Finland and Ukraine, events in Ukraine in the period of the Ukrainian
State of Skoropadsky and Ukrainian People’s Republic of Directory, daily life
in Kyiv and expressed his own opinion about Ukrainian politicians and statesmen
of that time.
In conclusion, the roundtable discussion provided particapants with an opportunity
to improve their competence to prepare and deliver an in-depth report,
make a concise statement and take part in a debate.

Keywords: Finland, Ukrainian State, diplomatic relations, roundtable
discussion, department of history.


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