What is a province?

Anna Piskunova
Anna Piskunova
May 18, 2015
What is a province?

The word "province" in translation from Latin ("provincia") means "controlled territories." In ancient Rome, it was the name of the conquered territories under the authority of Rome.

Today uses other meanings of the word. So, in a general sense, a province is a territory or locality that is located away from the main center (for example, Moscow) and does not have independence. People living in this area are called provincials.

Interestingly, the word "province" has the meaning of the symbol of backwardness, inertia. Often the word in this sense has a negative connotation: "Well, what do you want in this city? This is a hole, a province ..." (A. Strugatsky, B. Strugatsky "Roadside Picnic").

In Russia since the 18th century, as well as in some other countries, to this day provinces are called the units of administrative-territorial division, endowed with a whole range of important functions of management and management.