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Gubernia Tula Gubernia Tambov
First posted on February 18th 2008, last revised on July 20th 2010

History and Administrative Division . What later was to become Ryazan Gubernia in 1708 was allocated to Kazan Gubernia. In 1719 Pereyaslavl Ryazanski (in 1778 renamed Ryazan) became capital of Ryazan Gubernia in 1778.
Ryazan Gubernia bordered on Vladimir Gubernia in the north, on Tambov Gubernia in the east and south, on Tula and Moscow Gubernia in the west.
Ryazan Gubernia was divided in 12 districts (Uyezds) : Ryazan, Dankov, Egorievsk, Kasimov, Mikhailov, Pronsk, Ranenburg, Ryazhsk, Sapozhok, Skopin, Spask and Zaraisk.
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 1,088,000, in 1840 1,230,500, in 1867 1,418,300, in 1885 1,784,000, in 1914 2,795,000 (Lahmeyer). The population was almost exclusively ethnic Russian, adherents of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Economy . Within Ryazan Gubernia, the Oka River, and her tributaries, the Pronya and Pra, were navigable.
By 1883, 55.5 % was farmland, 20 % forest, 16.2 % pastorage. The main agricultural products were grain and potatoes, further lentals, linen, flax, tobacco, hop, beets, fruits. Domesticated animals kept included sheep, horses, cattle, pigs and goats. Fishery and beekeeping. Iron ore, coal, millstones, clay for pottery were produced. Main industries included the textile industry, glass industry, cement industry, brick factories, tanneries, dyeing industry. The construction of railways has resulted in a drastic decline of shipping on the Oka River (Meyer). By 1906, 52 % of the land was owned by peasant communities, 40 % by private owners (estates), 5 % by the crown (EB 1911).

Ryazan Gubernia within the RSFSR . Ryazan annexed area from TambovGubernia.

Population . The population in 1926 was 1,925,000, in 1939 2,265,900 (Lahmeyer).

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Country Profiles Current Article Riazanskaya Gubernia, from Wikipedia Russian edition
Historical Articles : Governments : Ryazan, from EB 1911
Articles : Rjäsan, from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German
Links General
on History
Historical Dictionary
Accounts of History The Ryazan Region : History and Culture, from Ryazan Tourism Authority
Economy & Finances Ryazan Tannery
List of Match Factories in the Russian Empire : Ryazan Gubernia, from The Virtual Matchbox Label Museum, in Russian
Russia, from Official catalogue of the industrial department, London Exhibition 1862, GB ; search for Ryazan
Religion Article Old Believers, from Wikipedia
Article Raskolniks, from Catholic Encyclopedia 1907-1914 edition
History of Regions
Local History Articles Ryazan : History, Ryazhsk, Skopin, Spassk-Ryazansky, from Wikipedia
Structures, Institutions Structurae : Russia : Ryazan
History of the Ryazan-Uralian Railroad Line, by Vasily Zimin, in Russian

Historical Data Lists of Statesmen
Population Figures Historical Population Statistics : Russia, from Population Statistics by Jan Lahmeyer
Documents Document Collections
Historical Maps Russian Empire - Southeast (Blackie & Son 1882), posted by FEEFHS
Maps : W Ryazan, E Ryazan (Atlas Marksa, 2nd edition 1910), posted by M. Witkam
Encyclopedia Entries
General Articles : Governments : Ryazan, Cities : Ryazan, Egorievsk, Ryazhsk, from EB 1911
Articles Rjäsan, Dankow, Jegorjewsk, Kassimow, Michailow, Pronsk, Ranenburg, Rjashsk, Saposhok, Saraisk, Skopin, Spask, from Meyers Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, in German
Geographical Das Gouvernement Rasan, pp.429-432 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 Rjasan, pp.104-105 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; Ryazan pp.34-35
Parliamentary Debates foreign Hansard (British Parliament)
Tour Guides, Travelogues
Institutions Archives
Official Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Ryazan Gubernia Coat of Arms, from Civic Heraldry; from Vector Images

Bibliographies general RHS Bibliography
UK National Archive Online Library
ISBN Database
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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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