Aaro Sahari


Description of research and teaching

The state and the birth of big industry

The growth and concentration of Finnish shipbuilding industry within large national techno-political systems, 1920-1960

My thesis discusses the expansion of shipbuilding in Finland from a public perspective. I look at the interconnected relationships of various government organisations and shipyards from the post-Russian era depression, through the mid-1920s naval appropriations, through the war reparations program (1944-1952) and into the Finnish-Soviet bilateral trade. I use Thomas Hughes's concept of large technological systems and Gabrielle Hechts idea about technopolitics to deconstruct and reframe my case studies.

The thesis work is ongoing and set to finish in 2018.

Further information on the affiliationjatko-opiskelija

Curriculum Vitae

Aaro Sahari

Born 26.10.1980 in Kotka, Finland.



Masters degree in Finnish and Nordic history from the University of Helsinki in 2008.

Bachelor’s degree in general history from the University of Helsinki in 2006.

Currently a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki, Finnish history.

Languages: native Finnish, fluent English, official Swedish, and some Russian.

Work experience

Curator, Regional museum of Kymenlaakso, Kotka, Southeastern Finland: the Coast Guard Museum and maritime history 2009-2013.

Game developer, Nitro Games, Kotka: designer, researcher and QA for maritime historical computer and console games 2009-2010.

Curator, Regional museum of Kymenlaakso: assistant curator in the development, design and building of the Coast Guard Museum main exhibition 2008.

Recent publications and presentations

Presentation, SHOT conference Jun 23 2016, Singapore with Saara Matala (Aalto University): Small nation and big ships: Finnish icebreakers and technological nation building, 1877-1977.

Presentation, Finnish history research days 2015, Joensuu, Finland: Laivastolaista sotakorvausten avulla idänkauppaan: laivanrakennuksen julkiset tukimekanismit 1920-1960 (Public support mechanisms for Finnish shipbuilding, 1920-1960).

Presentation, Tehdas, työ ja teollisuusperintö globalisoituvassa maailmassa – seminary Sep 24 2015, Tampere: Valmetin toinen puoli: valtiollisen laivanrakennuksen rakenne, arvoverkostot ja toimintaedellytykset 1950-luvulla(Finnish state owned shipbuilding: structure, value networks, and business expectancy in the 1950s).

Tekniikan Waiheita – volume 2, 2015 guest editor in charge of content. Helsinki: THS.

Presentation, BSHS Postgraduate conference Jan 6 2015, London: Powering through the Cold War pack ice: developing a scientific approach to shipbuilding in 20th century Finland.

Lecture, University of Helsinki maritime history workshop course, Sep 16 2014, Helsinki: Suomalaisen talvimerenkulun läpimurto laivanrakennuksessa 1900-luvun puolivälissä (The breakthrough in Finnish winter capable ship construction in the 1950s).

Sahari, Aaro (2014): ”Suomen laivanrakennusteollisuus ja valtion alukset: valtion hankintojen vaikutus teollisuuden kehitykseen 1901-1943” (Finnish shipbuilding industry and government vessels 1901-1943). In Nautica Fennica 2013-2014. Kotka: Suomen merimuseo.

Presentation, ICOHTEC symposium Technology in Times of Transition 7.30.2014, Braşov, Romania: Market dependency and national interests: developing shipbuilding industry in Finland next to Russia and the Soviet Union 1900-1960.

Lecture, Turku cadet officers’ 90th anniversary seminar series, 3.17.2014, Turku, keynote speaker: Merivartioinnin historia Lounais-Suomessa (Coast guard history in South-western Finland).

Sahari, Aaro (2013): ””Meidänkin museoon sellainen härveli”: kolme kertomusta merellisistä simulaattoreista näyttelyssä” (Developing maritime historical simulators for a museum exhibition). In Tekniikan waiheita 4/2013. Helsinki: Tekniikan historian seura.

Presentation, Transport, Traffic and Mobility: Transport and Borders –conference, 9.27.2013, St. Petersburg: Patrolling the sea border: influence of institutional factors on new coast guard vessel development in Finland 1930-1960.

Positions of responsibility

Public information officer, member of the board, Finnish association for maritime history 2010-2012.

Secretary, Maritime Historical Days – Merihistorian päivät 2009, Kotka, Finland.

Secretary, member of the board, Finnish association for maritime history 2007-2009.

Highlighted publications

  1. Suomen laivanrakennusteollisuus ja valtion alukset

    Sahari, A. 2014 Nautica Fennica 2013-2014: Moni-ilmeinen merihistoria. Bergholm, T. & Mäenpää, S. (eds.). 1 ed. Helsinki, Vol. 2013-2014, 25 p. 7

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

  2. "Meidänkin museoon sellainen härveli": Kolme kertomusta merellisistä simulaattoreista näyttelyssä

    Sahari, A. Dec 2013 In : Tekniikan Waiheita. 31, 4, p. 38-57 20 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Highlighted activities

  1. SHOT2016

    Sahari, A. (Speaker: Presenter)
    23 Jun 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. British Society for the History of Science Post Graduate Conference

    Sahari, A. (Speaker: Presenter)
    7 Jan 20159 Jan 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  3. Tekniikan Waiheita (Journal)

    Sahari, A. (Editor)
    1 Mar 201515 Jun 2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of special theme number

  4. Tehdas, työ ja teollisuusperintö globalisoituvassa maailmassa – seminaari

    Sahari, A. (Speaker: Presenter)
    24 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  5. Historiantutkimuksen päivät

    Sahari, A. (Speaker: Presenter)
    23 Oct 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  6. Turun kadettipiirin 90v historiaseminaarisarja

    Sahari, A. (Speaker: Keynote)
    17 Mar 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

  7. ICOHTEC 2014 Technology in Times of Transition

    Sahari, A. (Speaker: Presenter)
    30 Jul 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Talks

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