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Total war is a concept of warfare long associated with the theories of the 19th-century German strategist Carl von Clausewitz. Total war is limitless in its scope, with all belligerents using all possible resources to break the will and capacity of their enemy to resist. Total war is recognizable in the fact that the distinction between the combatants and noncombatants is blurred as all the resources of the participant states are mobilized to conduct the conflict.

Total War in Theory

Although total war in practice can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, it is Clausewitz who first sets out the idea of total war in theory. After the First World War, Clausewitz was heavily criticized as the inspiration for the large-scale destruction that marked the conflict. ...

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