• Michael Baker

Total War - Understanding the First World War

Updated: May 11, 2020

The idea of total war - which has come back into use during the Covid-19 pandemic - is usually associated with the Second World War. In fact, it had already come into being, out of necessity, during WW1, as the combatant nations began to understand that this was an existential conflict in which defeat could mean national destruction. William Philpott argues that attrition was a natural component of such a war. Hear him at An Understanding History podcast. Free for all.

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