chapter  6
The inter-war years
Limitations and possibilities
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The First World War had been especially costly for Britain, and the ensuing social and economic problems seemed hardly likely to benefit the development of sports. Although there was an immediate post-war economic boom, it was only temporary. In the 1920s rising unemployment and strikes reflected class tensions; and throughout the depression of the 1930s the quality of life deteriorated for increasing numbers of people, in particular those from poor working-class families in the industrial areas of high unemployment in the Midlands and the North.