chapter  IX
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ON THE EVE OF THE WORLD WAR

All this gave great stimulus to the reappearance of trade unions and to the steady growth of the strike movement, and there was hope that the Russian trade unions would be able to enlarge their activities, acquire greater influence over the workers and take a more active part in the conflicts between capital and labour. And this would certainly have been the case had Russian social and economic life not been disturbed by events in the Siberian gold-mining area and by the attitude of the Government towards them.