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Military History: Limited and Total War

What are the most important factors that lead to either a "limited" and "total" war? Use specific examples.

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What are the most important factors that lead to either a "limited" and "total" war? Use specific examples.

First some background:

"Total Wars" fought in US History

Revolutionary War
War of 1812
Civil War
World War I
World War II

Limited Wars ( Also known as Police Actions since the Korean Conflict - 1950-53)

Barbary Coast War
Depending on your viewpoint - The Mexican American War
Indian Wars - from Sioux Uprising in 1862 to Wounded Knee in 1890
Hawaiian Annexation
Spanish American War
Columbia
Philippines
Veracruz Incident
Siberian Occupation
Honduras
Nicaragua
Korean Conflict
Lebanon
Vietnam
Grenada
Desert Storm
Gulf War / War on Terror
Afghanistan

Total was all start ...

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What are the most important factors that lead to either a "limited" and "total" war? Use specific examples.

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