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Great Russians

 

a name for Russians that came into usage in literature as of the mid-19th century. In Soviet scientific literature, the term “Great Russian” is retained in the combinations Northern Great Russian, Southern Great Russian, and Central Great Russian, which designate the three main dialects of the Russian language.

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The shift away from Great Russian bishops generated conflicts with the incumbent episcopate, the parish clergy, and the laity.
9] The appointment of non-Great Russian bishops to Great Russian dioceses constituted a conscious break with Church practice, especially considering that Russian was a foreign language for the Ukrainian bishops and not spoken at all by some foreign prelates.
Thus two features stand out in the composition of the future prelates as the ancien regime drifted towards revolution: first, by the early nineteenth century the bishops came to represent all parts of the vast Empire, a development which signaled an end to Great Russian hegemony in education.