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'''Total war''' is a [[war]] of unlimited scope in which a [[belligerent]] engages in a [[mobilization]] of all available [[Factors of production|resource]]s at their disposal, whether human, industrial, agricultural, military, natural, technological, or otherwise, in order to entirely destroy or render beyond use their rival's capacity to continue resistance. The practice of total war has been in use for centuries, but it was only in the middle to late 19th century that total war was identified by scholars as a separate class of [[war]]fare. In a total war, there is less and sometimes no differentiation between combatants and non-combatants ([[civilians]]) than in other conflicts, as nearly every human resource, civilians and soldiers alike, can be considered to be part of the belligerent effort. '''Total war''' is a [[war]] of unlimited scope in which a [[belligerent]] engages in a [[mobilization]] of all available [[Factors of production|resource]]s at their disposal, whether human, industrial, agricultural, military, natural, technological, or otherwise, in order to entirely destroy or render beyond use their rival's capacity to continue resistance. The practice of total war has been in use for centuries, but it was only in the middle to late 19th century that total war was identified by scholars as a separate class of [[war]]fare. In a total war, there is less and sometimes no differentiation between combatants and non-combatants ([[civilians]]) than in other conflicts, as nearly every human resource, civilians and soldiers alike, can be considered to be part of the belligerent effort.
 +==See also==
 +* [[The bomber will always get through]]
 +* [[Conscription]]
 +* [[Economic warfare]]
 +* [[Levée en masse]]
 +* [[Conventional warfare]]
 +* [[Industrial warfare]]
 +* [[Roerich Pact]]
 +* [[Strategic bombing]]
 +* [[War economy]]
 +* [[War effort]]
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Total war is a war of unlimited scope in which a belligerent engages in a mobilization of all available resources at their disposal, whether human, industrial, agricultural, military, natural, technological, or otherwise, in order to entirely destroy or render beyond use their rival's capacity to continue resistance. The practice of total war has been in use for centuries, but it was only in the middle to late 19th century that total war was identified by scholars as a separate class of warfare. In a total war, there is less and sometimes no differentiation between combatants and non-combatants (civilians) than in other conflicts, as nearly every human resource, civilians and soldiers alike, can be considered to be part of the belligerent effort.

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