The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Minor towns

Russian: mestechko (местечко)
English: minor town

The minor town had four distinguishing features: 

That is, anyway, how the minor town is described in authoritative late nineteenth-century sources, such as the Brokgaus Efron Encyclopedia.


At the time of the compilation of the Geographical Atlas, it was a slightly more fungible category. Piadyshev and company used the same symbol to designate the presence of a mestechko, posad, or ostrog. As a result, the minor town has a broad distribution across the atlas, with 1,066 locations spread over 40 provinces, from the Polish provinces all the way to Kamchatka. 

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