Mannerheim International – from independent diplomacy to multilateral cooperation 1917-2017

Tervetuloa Mannerheim International seminaariin
Date: 17.8.2017 - 18.8.2017
Time: 9:30-17:00
Paikka: Yliopiston juhlasali, Aleksanterinkatu 5

​This seminar examines the international role of Marshal Mannerheim and, through him, an international view on Finnish History. Finland and its relation to seven other countries, both in historical times and today, is under the discussion of historians and diplomats in Helsinki.

Organizer: The Mannerheim Museum
In cooperation with: University of Helsinki, Embassies of France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom; Helsinki University Alumni Organization; Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Historians Without Borders, Suomi 100



9 h 30: Coffee and registrations, Main entrance hall
10 h 00: Opening speech: The Mannerheim Foundation, Curator, Dr. Kristina Ranki: Marshal Mannerheim in an international context
Chancellor Thomas Wilhelmsson, University of Helsinki: University of Helsinki - research and diplomacy since 1640
Music: Holger Kaasik & Jaani Helander, violoncelle – Nuppu Koivisto, piano

11 h 00: SWEDEN – from the origins to the last card
- Prof. Henrik Meinander, University of Helsinki: Mannerheim & Sweden: Family ties, military cooperation, political relations
- Ambassador Mr. Anders Ahnlid: Sweden and Finland today

12 h 00: POLAND – at the Edge of Empire(s)
- Prof. Michail Kopcynski, University of Warszawa: Mannerheim in Poland
- Ambassador Mr. Jaroslav Suchoples: Poland and Finland today


15 h 00: RUSSIA – when all opposites are true
- Prof. Matti Klinge, University of Helsinki: Mannerheim and Russia
- Ambassador Mr. Alexander Rumjantsev: Russia and Mannerheim today

16 h 00: Discussion and Closing remarks: Director General, Mrs. Maimo Henriksson, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia)


-10 h 00: UNITED KINGDOM – an orientation for Finland?
- Prof. Tony Lurcock, London: Mannerheim and Englands
- Ambassador Mrs. Sarah Price: UK and Finland today

11 h 00: FRANCE – dream and reality
- Dr. Kristina Ranki: Mannerheim, la France et la francophilie finlandaise
- Ambassadeur M. TBA: La France et la Finlande aujourd’hui


14 h 00: GERMANY – changing landscapes
- Prof. Michael Jonas, Helmut Schmidt-Universität, Hamburg: More than Hunting with Göring: Mannerheim and Germany, Mannerheim in Germany
- Ambassador Mrs. Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel: Finland and Germany: A Beautiful Friendship

15 h 00: SWITZERLAND – neutrality as a statement
- Dr. Elina Seppälä, University of Helsinki: Mannerheim and his Swiss connections
- Ambassadeur M. Heinrich Maurer: Switzerland and Finland today

16 h 00: Multilateral Round table – Finland yesterday, today, tomorrow. The role of great men in History. The role of Finland in the international scene. The role of history in the present. Participants: Erkki Tuomioja (Historians without borders), Charly Salonius-Pasternak (FIIA). Moderator: Ambassador Pertti Torstila.

17 h 00: Closing remarks

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