A war which is unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued, especially one in which the accepted rules of war are disregarded.
- However, another aspect of total war, unrestricted submarine warfare, caused the USA to enter the war and to a degree negate success in the east.
- Occasionally, the term total war approximates the meaning of modernity.
- Perhaps no one who maintains the Civil War was a total war means it so literally.
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