Arsenal of Democracy
Total War demands resources: economic, agricultural and industrial. It draws upon the labour and the morale of entire populations to meet its needs. When it became clear that strategies of appeasement would not prevent another world war, nations across the globe mobilised for total war. This episode examines and compares the extent of that mobilisation in countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
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