Russia’s population growth rate from the mid-19th century to 1910 was doubled. However, the vast majority of the people lived in rural communities and engaged in relatively primitive agriculture. The nineteenth century was the era of industrial growth and Russia was far behind then west. The first railway line was built in Russia in 1837 between Saint Petersburg and Tsarskoye Selo and at the end of the 19th century, the country had about 32,000 kilometers of railroads and .4 million factory workers, most of whom worked in the textile industry.
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