Roger Chickering, Stig Förster & Bernd Greiner, eds.
A World of Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-194
Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Presenting the results of a fifth, and final, conference on the history of total war, this volume is devoted to the Second World War, which many scholars regard as the paradigmatic instance of total war. In considering the validity of this proposition, the contributors address a broad range of analytical problems that this vast conflict posed in its European and Asian theaters. They analyze modes of combat, mobilization of economies and societies, occupation regimes, noncombatant vulnerability, and the legal and moral issues raised by mid-twentieth century industrialized warfare.