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10 Worst and Deadliest Wars in Human History

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Since the inception of human race, there have been many events when one group proved their dominance upon the others. In the ancient times, the power was estimated by their ability to win wars. Millions of people have died throughout history through wars caused by territory disputes or greed. In the following list we represent you the 10 Worst and Deadliest Wars in Human History according to the death toll. The number of deaths in the list includes both the death of military personnel as well as civilians.

10. Napoleonic Wars – (1803-1815)

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The Napoleonic Wars was one of the deadliest wars between Napoleon’s French empire and Great Britain. The war was sparked by the French revolution of the 1789. After the death of 3.5 million people, the war came to an end resulting in the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy in France and the creation of the concert of Europe.

9. Second Congo War – (1998-2003)

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The Second Congo War is also known as the great war of Africa. It started due to some conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This war affected nine African nations and killed approximately 5.4 million people, mostly from diseases and food scarcity. It officially ended in July 2003 when the Transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo took power of the nation.

8. Russian Civil War – (1917-1921)

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The Russian Civil War fought between the Bolshevik Red army and White army in the Russian empire. As a result the Red Army defeated the White Army and Soviet Union was established. After the war Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland get independence. But during the war approximately 9 million people were killed.

7. Dungan Revolt – (1862-1877)

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The Dungan Revolt was an ethnic war in the 19th century in China. This war fought between members of the Muslim Hui and other Muslim group in China’s Gansu, Shaanxi, Ningxia and Xinjiang. The revolt was started over a pricing dispute involving bamboo poles which a Han was sold to a Hui and he did not pay the amount the Han demanded. The total number of casualties was estimated around 12 million including civilians and soldiers.

6. An Lushan Rebellion – (755-763)

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The An Lushan Rebellion started when An Lushan declared himself the emperor of Northern China. As a result, An Lushan died but the war continued after his death and ended after 7 years, 2 months and 1 day. In this war approximately 13 million people were killed and also resulted in large scale destruction.

5. World War I – (1914-1918)

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World War I was a global war centered in Europe that begun on 28th July 1914 and ended up 11th November 1918. Many European and Russian countries were assembled in two opposing alliances Allies (UK, France, and Russia) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria, Hungary). As the result, Allied group win and new countries formed in Russia and Middle East. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history that killed over 15 million people worldwide.

4. Taiping Rebellion – (1851-1864)

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The Taiping Rebellion was a massive civil war in southern China against the ruling Manchu led Qing Dynasty. This war led by Hong Xiuquan, who claimed that he was the younger brother of the Jesus Christ. As the result, Qing Dynasty wins in the war after the death of around 20 million lives of civilians and soldiers.

3. Manchu Conquest of China – (1616-1662)

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The Manchu Conquest of China was a long period of war between Qing Dynasty and Ming Dynasty in southern China. At that time there were many dynasties who ruled the parts of China. This war fought to show dominancy of one dynasty over others. It is estimated that approximately 25 million people dead in this war.

2. Mongol Conquests – (1206-1368)

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The Mongols wanted powers and wanted to become the most dominate empire in the world. At the end Mongols defeated most of Asia and Eastern Europe and establish their Mongol empire. The Mongols are considered as one of the most dangerous villains of all time. This war affects Central Asia, East Asia, North Asia and Eastern Europe. The war covered almost 20% of the earth’s land and around 3.5 million people were killed in the war.

1. World War II – (1939-1945)

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World War II was a global war including all the great powerful nations. It is the most widespread war in history in which more than 100 million people were involved from 30 different countries. This includes the first use of nuclear weapons in combat and heavy use of air power to bomb enemy cities. WW II affected many countries including Europe, South East Asia, China, Africa, Atlantic and Mediterranean. The total deaths were estimated between 40-70 million people, making it the deadliest war in human history.

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