Total war

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Total war is a method of warfare where anything connected to one's enemy is attacked.

The object of total war is to demoralize your enemy so that he surrenders.

The concept of total war was put forth in writing in Karl von Clausewitz' posthumously published book On War (1832).


Total war is also used to describe devoting all of a nation's resources to fighting a war. Production of civilian products and luxuries are minimized to concentrate on the war effort.