Re: Meshchanin #ukraine


roman.vilner@...
 

Here is a history of the word (>from a Russian
dictionary).

Meshane (plural for Meshanin), one of the classes of the
city dwellers, originated after a 1785 law requiring
them to organize meshanskiye societies with some
executory (limited to local self governance) powers.

It does stem >from the word "mesto" (place) as they were
organized into local societies concerned with their own
problems. Hence the negative twist added to the word,
especially during the 1917 revolution, as it referred to
the petty bourgeois who were only concerned with their
own good.

regards
Roman Vilner

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