Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Deadliest Wars in Human History till 2016-2017 and all time. One thing that human beings have done since creation is to fight between tribes, cities, states and empires.The saddest thing about war is that the innocent people including children, women and the elderly suffer the most.All human beings have one simple right, the right to live.However, some people deny human beings the right and murder them during wars.When these sad events take place, a superior power invades the regime committing the atrocities, ending or escalating the war.Prepare yourself, below is a compiled list of the ten bloodiest conflicts in human history.
List of The ten deadliest wars in the history of humanity of all time till 2016-2017:
10. The second Congo war
Deaths:3 million-5 million
Year:1998 to 2003
With some people calling it the great African war, the second Congo war is the largest war in modern African history involving over eight African nations and 25 militant groups.With over five million people already dead by 2008, a majority from disease and starvation, the war is one of the deadliest conflicts in history.With much more people displaced from their homes, they sought asylum in other countries.During the war, rape was used as a weapon of war, making the war shameful for humankind.The war lasted for four years and acted as a blow to regional peace.The effects of this war still haunt Africa, with the indirect victims facing disease and malnutrition.
9. Napoleonic Wars
Deaths: 3.5 million-7 million
Year: 1803 to 1816
Location: Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean and Europe
Upon the French empire of Napoleon were some battles known as Napoleonic wars declared by the opposing coalitions.The war, initially sparked by the 1789 French revolution lead to the revolution of French armies played out on a large scale, especially due to the application of mass conscription.As an experienced military leader, the French Emperor won almost all his battles before the battle of Waterloo in 1815.The French Emperor fought against Britain, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Netherlands, Prussia, Portugal and Austria -Hungary.French power rose rapidly as Napoleon’s army conquered much of Europe, but collapsed after France invaded Russia in 1802.After the death of over six million people, the war came to an end after Napoleon’s defeat, resulting in the creation of Concert in Europe and restoration of Bourbon monarchy in France.
8. The Chinese civil war
Deaths:5 million-8 million
Year: 1927 to 1949
Between 1927 and 1949, a civil war broke out in China, killing over eight million people.The two sides involved in the conflict were the Kuomintang government on the one hand and forces of the Communist Party of China.The war emerged from ideological differences between socialists and nationalists and began when Chiang Kai attempted to unite the nation among the ruling classes.The two factions claimed to be the legitimate rulers of China, leading to the rebellion.Atrocities committed on noncombatants on both sides lead to the death of around eight million people.
7.The Russian Civil War
Deaths: 6 million-9 Million
Location: Russian Empire
The Russian civil war was a war between several parties in the Russian empire after the collapse of the Russian government into Soviets under the Bolshevik party.Communist powers assumed power throughout Russian, starting with St.Petersburg.The revolution fuelled the assassination of Tsar Nicolas and the royal family, resulting in a backlash from loyalist forces and western powers.The USA, France, and Britain sent troops to help the white movement while Bolsheviks attempted to unite Russia under the communist banner.The war fought between the White army and the Red Army in the Russian empire, therefore, had many foreign armies including the Allied forces and pro-German armies against the Red Army.New republics emerged after the war including Poland, Finland, Estonia, and Latvia, leading to a collapse of the Russian empire.Bolsheviks won the war in 1912, resulting in the establishment of a communist structure.The war lasted for only five years but to the death of an estimated nine million people.
6. The Dungan revolt
Deaths:8 million-12 million
Year: 1862 to 1877
The Dungan revolt was a chaotic uprising between warring factions of bands and military leaders.Fought on the bank of the Yellow River, the war had no goal neither purpose, and the factions just fought with no reason.However, some people believe religious disagreements caused the war.Chinese Muslims rose up against the pricing of bamboo poles that a Han sold to a Hui, leading to a payment dispute.The bamboo pricing dispute turned out to be the costliest conflict in history.A common misconception is that the war was against the Qing Dynasty, but there is no evidence showing they aimed to attack Beijing.With the fall of the rebellion, a majority of the Dungan people emigrated to Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.
5. The An-Lushan rebellion
Deaths:13 million-36 million
Year:755 to 763
The revolution took place during the Tang dynasty in China.An-Lushan, an ex-general, established a rival Dynasty in Northern China.The revolution had ruined the reign of 3 Tang emperors before being suppressed.The overall Chinese population declined by over 35 million, though some people argue that this was due to a breakdown of a census system during the war.Close to 30 million people was killed, with the majority of the citizens dying out of disease, starvation, and population relocation.With over two-thirds of the population dying, the rebellion is one of the largest atrocities in human history.
4. The Taiping rebellion
Deaths:20 million-50 million
Year:1851 to 1864
The Taiping Rebellion is a civil war that spread all over China between 1850 and 1864.A heterodox Christian convert called Hong Xiuquan led the rebellion.He argued that he received visions showing him that he is the younger brother of Jesus Christ, establishing the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, which annoyed the Manchu-led Qing dynasty.Hong attempted to destroy the imperial government by training all members of his kingdom and taking them to the war front, but Britain and France came to the help of Qing. Over 50 million people, a majority of them civilians died in the conflict resulting from the rebellion.Both sides applied scorch and burn tactics in an attempt to weaken the enemy, which lead to famine and starvation.The imperial forces randomly executed people, making this the most brutal rebellion in human history.
3. The Mongol conquest
Deaths:30 milllion-60 million
Year: 1207 to 1472
Location: Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia
People say that Genghis Khan had more blood in his hands than anywhere else in his entire body.Under his rule, the Mongol empire grew to occupy over 15 percent of the whole Earth.War sparked at the beginning of the 13th century, resulting in expansion of the empire.In the Mongol Empire, Mongol raids and invasions caused one of the deadliest conflicts in history.The Mongol greatly terrorized Europe until the twentieth century, when the war finally ended, after the death of almost 60 million people.
Originally Greater Mongol State, the Mongol Empire did exist between the 13th and 14th centuries.Beginning in Asia, it stretched to Europe, the Sea of Japan, Siberia, India and the Middle East.Mongol is one of the largest empires in the world.Over one million Chinese people killed themselves just to avoid the Mongolians, making Mongolians the major villains of all times.
2. World War 1
Deaths: 35 million-65 million
Year: 1914 to 1918
Although there is nothing great about it, the war is referred to as the ‘first great war.’Centered in Europe; the first world war is one of the deadliest wars in history that began in 1914, ending in 1918 with the death of over 60 million people.The war affected populations throughout the entire world.The war involved the world’s great powers, the Allies versus the Central powers.With over 70 million military personnel mobilized, 60 million being Europeans, the war headed to a dreaded end.Over 9 million fighters were killed, mostly due to technological advances in weaponry without corresponding advances in movement.The assassination of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand by Yugoslavian national Gavrilo Princip lit the fuse in the wake of rising tensions between great powers in Europe.The first world war did not only lead to the death of 65 million people but also facilitated the second world war, which lead to more deaths.
1.The Second world war
Deaths:40 million-70 million
Year: 1939 to 1945
It is evident that the second world war tops the list of the deadliest wars in human history.World War II is a six-year global war that occurred between 1939 and 1945, claiming the lives of over 80 million people.The Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler provoked the Allied powers to take up arms against the Axis powers.The war involved a majority of the world’s nations, resulting in the formation of two military alliances, the Axis, and the Allies.Over 100 million soldiers took part in the war, making it a popular war.The participants utilized economic, scientific, industrial resources to win the war.Characterized by mass civilian deaths caused by nuclear weapons, the war is the deadliest in human history.The nuclear raids over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed over one million civilians.The Nazis massacred over 10 million inhabitants composing political prisoners, homosexuals, Jews and physically challenged people in the Holocaust.The war is the deadliest war witnessed by the human race so far.
These wars were fought by different people, in different countries and during different times.However, it is a fact that those who suffered the most are the innocent civilians, who had nothing to do with the war.The world has a greater obligation to ensure the avoidance of such conflicts, so that there is peace in the entire world.