Explain Why Was Ww1 A Total War

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Why was WW1 a “total war“ ? In this essay, I am going to analyze why War One (28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918) was a total war by emphasizing the economical, military and political and social characteristics of the First World War. These characteristics are part of the definition of a “total war“. A total war is defined as “A 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“ . A total war consists of a large part of a nation being part of a war and civilians being integrated in the war. This was the case in the First World War, the war which was expected to be a swift one turned out to be a long-lasting war. The economy had to follow the speed of the war and weapons had to be produced rapidly. The working nation was then integrated in the war. “[The] focus of industry is shifted from consumer goods to war goods“ . The First World War became the major focus of many countries as everybody was concerned by the causes of the latter.…show more content…
During the entire war, about 100 countries were not neutral, so they participated in the war. Comparing this number to the total number of countries, which is about 180 countries, about 70 countries did not participate in the war. World War One is the first war involving so many countries. Attached is a world map showing the neutral countries (grey), countries belonging to the Entente Powers (green) and the countries belonging to the Central powers

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