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Total war

LC control no.sh2004005893
Topical headingTotal war
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See alsoMilitary policy
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Strategy
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War
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Scope noteHere are entered works on war in which all available military and civilian resources, including manpower, technology, and wealth, are committed to the achievement of a political end by military means.
Found inWork cat.: 2004046563: A world at total war, 2004: CIP galley (total war assumes the commitment of massive armed forces to battle, the thoroughgoing mobilization of industrial economies in the war effort; radicalization of warfare; abandonment of the last restraints on combat which were hitherto imposed by law, moral codes, or simple civility; systematic demonization of the enemy; systemic erasure of the basic distinctions between soldiers and civilians; civilians become legitimate targets of military violence)
Encyclopedia Britannica online, March 12, 2004 (total war: military conflict in which the contenders are willing to make any sacrifice in lives and other resources to obtain a complete victory, as distinguished from limited war; the modern concept of total war can be traced to the writings of the 19th-century Prussian military strategist Carl von Clausewitz, who stressed the importance of crushing the adversary's forces in battle)
International military and defense encyclopedia, 1993 (total war represents a specifically German theory of war and a phenomenology of war that had its strongest influence on history in the first half of the twentieth century and finally proved a failure with the end of World War II; the term is also used in a general way to denote the development of war phenomena in the twentieth century, particularly regarding both world wars and the concept of nuclear-strategic war; characterized by a total mobilization of manpower including the civilian population, economic warfare, complete exploitation of economic resources, deprivation of the opponent's population so that they are willing to accept capitulation; not a normal state of conflict but a special practice; development of the practice of total war began with the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars; progressed from von Clausewitz's theory of absolute war)
Encyc. of twentieth century warfare, 1989 (total war)