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GREAT RUSSIA (Russian : Великороссия, Velikorossiya) is an obsolete name formerly applied to the territories of "Russia proper", the land that formed the core of Muscovy and later, Russia
Russia
. This was the land to which the ethnic Russians
Russians
were native and where the ethnogenesis of (Great) Russians
Russians
took place. The name is said to have come from the Greek Μεγάλη Ῥωσ(σ)ία, Megálē Rhōs(s)ía used by Byzantines for the northern part of the lands of Rus\' .

Within 1654–1721, Russian Tsars adopted the word - their official title included the wording (literal translation): "The Sovereign of all Rus\' : the Great, the Little , and the White ".

Similarly, the terms Great Russian language (Великорусский язык, Velikorusskiy yazyk) and Great Russians
Russians
(Великороссы, Velikorossy) were employed by ethnographers and linguists in the 19th century, but then have fallen out of use.

However, the area became, together with the Volga-Ural region , North Caucasus and Siberia
Siberia
, the Russian SFSR , while Little Russia
Russia
and White Russia
Russia
became the Ukrainian SSR and the Byelorussian SSR respectively.

RELATED TOPICS

* Etymology of Rus and derivatives: From Rus\' to Rossiya * Little Russia
Russia
* White Russia
Russia
* New Russia
Russia
* Greater Poland
Greater Poland

REFERENCES

* ^ Vasmer, Max (1986). Etymological dictionary of the Russian language. Moscow: Progress.

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