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The First World War
According to the pages of history, the great World War I was considered as
the total war in various contexts. The involvement of the governments, the political
and economic groups such as business people and politicians, and the citizens of
the nations did engage in the historical war. Indeed, the World War I also known
as the First World War was quite different from the other war like the Crimean War
that covered from 1853 to 1856 and in the late 19th century colonial wars.
However, some people did not consider the First World War while others would
call it a total war. Was it actually called a total war or was it the Second World
War? Whatever people called the World War I whether a total war or not, the
fact still remained that it encouraged the people and the nations and allies to
participate in the whole world.
The First World War was called the Great Total War. The formation of allies
and connections between Germany' Central Powers, Austria-Hungary, and the
Ottoman Empire against the great forces of the Allied forces of Great Britain,
France, the United States, Italy, Russia, and Japan met a bloody war of power and
misunderstanding of humanity. The face of these giants in the face of the land had
carved historical accounts of deaths and losses in the eyes of humanity. The use
of political power to conquer all nations, the formation of forces, alliances, and
nations, and the advent of the modern technology to create warfare had resulted
in a grim and unexampled mass murder of the entire race in which millions of

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soldiers and civilians were killed (Terkel, 1997, p. 23). In fact, the whole world was
watching and mourning at the first cry of the entire human world, the animals in
perspectives. That is why The First World War was called the Great Total War.
The First World War is considered to be the first total war for several
reasons. Firstly, both sides of the acting nations including the alliances fought the
war aiming at the total triumph. In other words, the nations that participated in the
war can achieve a great success and victory after the war that it is not like
accomplishing a limited power. Secondly, the governments of the participating
nations would use all necessary weapons and armors at all means so that they
could win the battle. Thirdly, the governments of such nations could execute the
power to combat against nations at their disposal in order to defeat other nations.
Aside from that, the use of power, weaponry, and any means and the alliances
would require them to exert efforts and deep connections among others in the war.
Further, the involvement of the new technologies being developed and the
weaponry being used to progress the ongoing war are the indicators that the war
would demand intensive measures. It would mean that such war could destroy
humanity and perhaps a human race. As such, the First World War was a total war
since it destroyed millions of lives, being wasted.
In a total war, the whole mechanisms in the country including the
people, the society, and pieces of machinery or inventions help aid the war.
The civilians, the soldiers, and the governments became the significant actors in
the dramatic art and system of war. The inclusion of women in some wars and
workplaces played a significant role in the country, and the whole society was
changed in the aftermath. Indeed, the demand of the First World War before and
after remained rapid, and the growth in some industries in those participating

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countries would try to exhaust resources in order to defeat them. For the
participating countries such as Germany' Central Powers, Austria-Hungary, and
the Ottoman Empire versus the great forces of Great Britain and its allies such as
France, the United States, Italy, Russia, and Japan, the First World War would
mean a tragic history of humanity since women and other resources got involved
with the fight (Steiner, 1977, p. 48). The use of women in the war to replace dead
men could lead to the termination of race. However, this termination of race and
life called for many global interests for peace and change of all people in the
world. Since many people in the world prayed for peace, the First World War was
a total war in the context of humanity and history.
Further, when the British Empire declared the First World War and
when the parliament at Westminster passed the Defense of the Realm Act,
such declaration of war signaled the global war. It is because all nations, not
only two but several, would exhaust all the resources, powers, and weapons at all
costs and by all means. Those winning nations would take control over the
diversified powers from the defeated countries and owned the media unit of the
press and communication. This information would mean that the war was global
and tragic since the requirement of war would have to be written in history books.
The news media and the global communication including its connected resources
were utilized to outline and record the First World War cover to cover (Klein, 2014,
p. 2). As such, World War 1, by descriptions, was a total war.
Furthermore, the pages of history about the great World War I
considerably as the total war in the context of global conflicts. It is because
the involvement of some many nations and alliances, the governments, political
and economic groups such as business people and politicians, and the citizens of

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