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Total War (International Baccalaureate exam response)

A Total War can be defined as a conflict that encompasses a total mobilization of resources such as human, industrial, agricultural, military with an aim to have such an output that the enemy won't be able to overcome. Perhaps the largest difference between a Total War and a normal war is that there is no difference between those who are fighting and the civilians; they are all seen as an enemy.

From this point of view, World War One could definitely be considered a Total War because it was a complete contrast to the limited wars of the 18th Century which were small, trying to avoid battles, not touching the society and continuing the trading systems....

Total War (anonymous www historiographer)

World War I was a total war, involving the governments, economies and populations of participating nations to an extent never seen before in history. This was distinct from the way `smaller' wars had been fought, like the Crimean War (1853-56) and late-19th century colonial wars. In 'total war' - a term not coined until the 1930s, by German general Paul von Ludendorff - the entire nation was called into service, rather than just its military. Governments played an active and interventionist role, passing laws that would be intolerable during peacetime....

Total War (wikipedia article)

Total war is warfare that includes any and all civilian-associated resources and infrastructure as legitimate military targets, mobilizes all of the resources of society to fight the war, and gives priority to warfare over non-combatant needs. The American-English Dictionary defines total war as "war that is unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued, especially one in which the laws of war are disregarded."...


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