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Unformatted text preview: between civilians and military. By taking on this new mentality, the bloodbath of the wars reached a new, unprecedented level. You can see how total war mentality multiplies the deadly implications of war. Previous to the total war mentality, war occurred on the battlefield, and civilians were merely trampled on by invading armies. But with the increased frequency of total war atrocities, genocide became a more acceptable idea amongst the leaders of the participating armies. Winter explains that this new brutalizing character of total war leads to massive casualties, and crimes against civilians. In the case of World War I, the legacy of civilian warfare leaves bitterness and hatred in its wake, and sets the stage of the Holocaust of World War II....
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course L&S 140D taught by Professor Laqueur during the Spring '11 term at University of California, Berkeley.
- Spring '11