First, I need to say that the main sentence comes after a sentence like as this: Authorities were afraid of a post-war social upheaval. Writing this to stress that I already said "post-war".
Here is the main sentence:
The threat of post-war industrial unrest fueled by acute unemployment and insecurity, in Struthers’ (1983) words, “dragged a reluctant [federal] government into a wider responsibility for the unemployed.”
I am trying to convey this:
[The threat of] [post-war industrial unrest fueled by acute unemployment and insecurity...]
There was a possibility of industrial unrest. If such unrest did happen, it would surely be fueled by unemployment and insecurity.
However, my sentence sounds like this:
[The threat of post-war industrial unrest] [fueled by acute unemployment and insecurity...]
Sounds like the threat was fueled by unemployment and insecurity which would mean that unemployment existed even before the war came to an end. That is not the case (although some insecurity was there). There was no unemployment while the war was going on. Authorities were apprehensive that when the war ends there will be unemployment and there will be increased insecurity. And that those things will fuel if an unrest were to breakout.
Any ideas how I can convey the right meaning? And do I need "post-war" at all?