Explain how WWII was a true "world" war and "total" war.

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World War II was a world war in that it took place right across the globe. Between 1939 and 1945 there were few places on this earth in which the effects of war could not be felt. Although actual conflict did not take place everywhere, the massive disruption to trade and economic life certainly had a profound impact on the lives of millions of people living in non-combatant countries. What gave added impetus to the global nature of the conflict was the imperialist ambitions of the Axis Powers. Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, and Imperial Japan, all wanted to expand their respective empires way beyond their existing borders. Inevitably, this had the effect of drawing a number of countries into the war who wouldn't otherwise have been involved.

As well as being a genuine international conflict, World War II was also a total war in that, in each combatant nation, the whole of society was involved. War was no longer something conducted between professional armies but between whole...

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