The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Oblasts (8)

While the guberniia was the more standardized and more prolific form, the oblast' (plural: oblasti Anglicized as oblasts) played an important role in the administrative geography of the empire as well. 

A quick glance at the map reveals that one of the hallmarks of the oblast' was location. If gubernii constituted the "core" of the empire, oblasts helped define the periphery of imperial administration. 

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