As with most wars, most of the people killed in the deadliest wars of all time are innocent civilians. Wars have been part of human history since the beginning of time.
The first recorded evidence of human warfare suggests that the first conflict occurred some 13,000 years ago, along the border between Egypt and Sudan. This conflict is believed to have arisen as a result of competition for resources, in this case, water.
However, there are many reasons why war can develop: poverty, weak government leadership, civil unrest, religion, territorial disputes, resources, and a plethora of other factors that are responsible for most wars throughout human history.
Deadliest War In History Of Mankind
10. The Second Congo War
The Second Congo War (1998-2003) was one of the deadliest wars in history and the deadliest in modern African history. That war lasted five years and killed about 5.4 million people.
Although the genocides accounted for large numbers of victims, the diseases and famine caused by the war were also partly responsible.
9. Napoleonic wars
The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) pitted the French Empire and its allies against a coalition of European powers. The Napoleonic Wars refer to a series of conflicts between the French Empire and the coalitions that fought it: the War of the Third Coalition, the Fourth, the Fifth, the Sixth and the Seventh and final coalition.
During that period, an estimated 3.5 to 6 million people were killed as a direct or indirect result of the war.
8. The Thirty Years’ War
As the name implies, the Thirty Years’ War was fought between the Catholic and Protestant states in Central Europe from 1618 to 1648. The conflicts ended up attracting the great powers of Europe, resulting in one of the longest most destructive and deadliest conflicts in European history. History It is estimated that the war was responsible for the deaths of 8 million civilians and the military.
7. The Chinese Civil War
The Chinese Civil War began in August 1927 between the government-backed Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party.
The massacres and mass atrocities carried out by both parties caused more than 8 million casualties in 1950.
6. The Russian Civil War
The Russian Civil War killed more than 9 million people, of whom 8 million were civilians. The war lasted from 1917 to 1922, immediately after the Russian revolutions of 1917, and was fought between opposing political factions, namely the Red Army and the White Army.
5. First World War
The first world war was fought between the allies and the central powers. The war lasted 4 years, from 1914 to 1918, but was responsible for some 18 million deaths. Of the 18 million deaths, about 11 million were military and about 7 million were civilians.
4. Taiping Rebellion
Another war in China, the Taiping Rebellion was another large-scale rebellion that was fought between 1850 and 1864. The war was fought between the Qing dynasty and the millennial Christian movement in the heavenly Taiping kingdom.
Although there is no exact figure, most estimates hold the Taiping Rebellion responsible for 20 to 30 million deaths.
3. The Qing Dynasty Conquest of the Ming Dynasty
The transition from the Qing dynasty to the Ming dynasty was anything but peaceful. The rebellion fought for more than 60 years, from 1618 to 1683, and resulted in the deaths of 25 million people.
What started as a relatively small rebellion in northeast China has resulted in one of the country’s deadliest conflicts and one of the deadliest wars in history.
2. The Second Sino-Japanese war
The Second Sino-Japanese War was fought between 1937 and 1945 between the National Revolutionary Army of the Republic of China and the Imperial Japanese Army.
The war is believed to have started with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident and then turned into a total war resulting in 25 million civilian deaths and more than 4 million Chinese and Japanese military deaths.
1. World War II
World War II was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The war put the Allies and Axis power in the deadliest war in history and was responsible for the deaths of more than 70 million people. Known for its genocidal campaign against the Jewish people, the war was also responsible for the deaths of more than 50 million civilians.
End of the war
As John F. Kennedy said, “Humanity must end the war before the war ends humanity.” The deadliest wars in history are a testament to that sentiment: it is a repeating pattern with very expensive end results. The last large-scale war, World War II, was responsible for the deaths of almost 70 million people.