Poland and Ukraine: Neighbours in Good Times and Bad, A Lecture by Professor Norman Davies
14 December, Polish Embassy London
Today, the Polish and Ukrainian republics lie side by side in East Central Europe, joined and defined by a common frontier. Relations are harmonious. Each recognises the other’s government and territory. Each appreciates the other’s efforts to rise above the legacy of Soviet-style Communism, which until thirty years ago was imposed on both of them.
Both treasure their language and culture, which helped them to survive the decades of captivity. And, in the face of the threat from the East, both feel that they share a common destiny.
Following Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, Poland consciously acts as a supply base for the Ukrainians’ courageous defence of their country. Poland has extended both military and civilian assistance and has given spontaneous refuge to a massive wave of refugees.
Given the present state of affairs, it would be convenient to believe that Polish-Ukrainian history was always characterised by good neighbourliness and shared emotions.
Unfortunately, this was not the case. History in that part of the world bears out the saying that “the Past is a foreign country”. Especially in the first half of the Twentieth Century, bitter conflict was as frequent as friendliness. Wars were fought. Wild feelings overflowed. Stereotypes flourished. Genocidal episodes occurred. And Russia was the only beneficiary.
Join the Polish Embassy in London on December 14th at 16:30 to hear Professor Davies present a panorama of the thousand years when Poland and Ukraine passed through good times and bad – starting with the day when a Polish King notched his broadsword on the Golden Gate of Kiev.
Doors and refreshments – 4:30pm
Lecture – 5:00pm
Q&A – 5:45
End – 6:15pm
Please be aware that you will need to provide photographic identification and undergo airport style security checks on entrance to the Embassy.
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