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Gubernia Chernigov Gubernia Kharkov
First posted on February 18th 2008, last revised on July 20th 2010

History and Administrative Division . Kursk Gubernia was established in 1797. Kursk Gubernia bordered on Oryol Gubernia in the north, on Voronezh Gubernia in the east, on Kharkov Gubernia in the south, on Poltava Gubernia in the southwest and on Chernigov Gubernia in the west.
Kharkov Gubernia was divided in 15 districts (Uyezds) : Belgorod, Dmitriyev, Fatezh, Graivoron, Korochansk, Kursk, Lgov, Novy Oskol, Oboyan, Rylsk, Shchigri, Stary Oskol, Sudchansk, Tim (Meyers).
The Zemstvo Laws passed in 1864 granted regional self-government on Gubernia and Uyezd level; the regional administrative bodies are refererred to as Zemstvos. The Zemstvos were abolished in the course of the October Revolution.

Population . The population in 1811 was 1,424,000, in 1840 1,814,600, in 1867 1,866,900, in 1885 2,266,600, in 1914 3,276,200 (Lahmeyer). Most of the inhabitants were Russian Orthodox Christians, c. 2 % Old Believers, a few Gypsies and Jews. 76 % were ethnic Russians, 24 % Ukrainians. Seasonal migration into neighbouring Gubernias in search for jobs (1880es, Meyer), and emigration to Siberia (EB 1911) were of importance.

Economy . In 1884, 74 % of the area was farmland, 12 % pastorage, 10 % forest. Grain, potatoes, currants, gooseberries, walnuts are grown. Beekeeping was of importance. Important industries included beet sugar industry, grain milling, distilleries, textile industry (Meyer).

Kursk Gubernia within the RSFSR . A small part of western Kursh Gubernia was ceded to Ukraine. In 1926, Kursk Gubernia bordered on Oryol Gubernia in the north, on Voronezh Gubernia in the south, on Ukraine in the south and on Bryansk Gubernia in the west.

Population . The population in 1926 was 1,846,000, in 1939 1,773,000 (Lahmeyer).

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Country Profiles Current Article Kurskaya Gubernia, from Wikipedia Russian edition
Historical Articles : Governments : Kursk, from EB 1911
Articles : Kursk, from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German
Links General
on History
Historical Dictionary
Timelines from Kursk.org
Accounts of History
Economy & Finances List of Match Factories in the Russian Empire : Kursk Gubernia, from The Virtual Matchbox Label Museum, in Russian
Russia, from Official catalogue of the industrial department, London Exhibition 1862, GB ; search for Kursk
Religion Article Doukhobors, Old Believers, from Wikipedia
Article Raskolniks, from Catholic Encyclopedia 1907-1914 edition
History of Regions
Local History Articles Kursk : History, Belgorod : History, Dmitriyev-Lgovsky, Fatezh, Lgov, Oboyan, Rylsk, Shchigry, Sudzha, from Wikipedia
Structures, Institutions Structurae : Russia : Kursk
Others Kursk Zemstvo Postmark, by Terry Page
Russia Zemstvos, by Langenberg (philatelic)
The Establishment of the Zemstvo Posts in Russia, from Fuchs Online

Historical Data Lists of Statesmen
Population Figures Historical Population Statistics : Russia, from Population Statistics by Jan Lahmeyer
Documents Document Collections
Historical Maps Government Kursk etc. 1882, from FEEFHS (Blackie & Sons 1882)
Maps : Kursk, (Atlas Marksa, 2nd edition 1910), posted by M. Witkam
Encyclopedia Entries
General Articles : Governments : Kursk, Cities : Kursk, Korocha, Rylsk, Byelgorod, from EB 1911
Articles Kursk, Bjelgorod, Dmitrijew, Fatesh, Grajworon, Lgow, Nowyj Oskol, Obojan, Putiwl, Rylsk, Schtschigri, Staryi Oskol, Tim, from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German
Geographical Das Gouvernement Kursk, pp.432-436 in Th. Fr. Ehrmann, Neueste Kunde vom Russischen Reiche in Europa und Asien, vol.3 of Neueste Länder- und Völkerkunde, 1807, in German, GB
Das Gouvernement Kursk, pp.99-101 in vol.1 of Das Russische Kaiserreich, seine Geographie, Statistik, Volks- und Regentengeschichte, 1847, in German, GB
W.H. Beable, Russian gazetteer and guide, being an account of the territorial divisions and a description of over 300 of the principal towns and cities of Russia, Finland and Siberia (1919), posted on Internet Archive; Kursk p.28
Parliamentary Debates foreign Hansard (British Parliament)
Tour Guides, Travelogues
Institutions Archives
Official Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Kursk Gubernia Coat of Arms, from Civic Heraldry; from Vector Images

Bibliographies general RHS Bibliography
UK National Archive Online Library
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Online Libraries general Internet Archives
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Online Journals full text online
General Accounts
Historical Dictionary B. Raymond, P. Duffy, Historical Dictionary of Russia, Methuan : Scarecrow 1998, KMLA Lib.Sign. R 947.8 R268h

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