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How successfully did Britain deal with the social and economic problems of the inter-war period? by Mind Map: How successfully did Britain deal with the social and economic problems of the inter-war period?
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How successfully did Britain deal with the social and economic problems of the inter-war period?

1. Introduction: After a brief post-war boom, the British economy went into depression... why?

1. Decline of staple industries

2. Growth of industry in other countries

3. British wage costs

2. Inner Britain Vs Outer Britain

The depressed areas that were affected by the decline in the industries were mainly in "outer Britain".

On the other hand, London and the midlands were not economically depressed.

3. £££ Government policy £££

Wanted to balance the budget

Did not want to borrow money to help industry

Fixed the value of the £sterling to the Gold Standard

Criticised by many economists (including J.M. Keynes)

The dole

4. General Strike, 1926

Wage cuts

Strong unions

Coal industry hit worst

1925 Mine owners wanted wage cuts - Government paid the difference to maintain wages until a commission enquired into the coal inustry

The Samuel Commission supported wag cuts and longer hours

May, 1926 - Lock out and strike!

5. Wall Street Crash, 1929: Great Depression

Rise in unemployment

Budget deficit

New National Government

6. Social Problems

Poverty in depressed areas

Hunger Marches

Some parts of Britain were more prosperous than others

7. The Jarrow March, 1936

72% unemployment in Jarrow Vs 15% national unemployment

The Jarrow March had the same aims as the Hunger Marches but was organised separately

200 men marched from Jarrow to London

Accompanied part of the way by Labour Party MP for the area, Ellen Wilkinson

Stopped in various towns along the way for rest and to highlight their problems

Presented a signed petition to government

Did not achieve much, but it did highlight their problems among the middle classes

8. Conclusion...

Do you think the British government was successful or not in dealing with the various social and economic problems they faced during the interwar period?

Whatever way you choose to answer, make sure it ties in with the evidence you have presented in your essay.