War is hell. This is an inevitable part of the business when several parties reach an agreement to fight each other until death. In some conflicts, there have been more carnage than in others, and their length can be very different, but a possible outcome of war is a high number of bodies. And boy, there have been some jerks throughout history.
Some of these numbers can be so high that it is almost impossible to understand. Some of these skirmishes that you've probably heard of, others probably will not be taught in your standard history courses. One thing is for sure, and that's the amazing number of deaths. Here are the wars with the highest fatalities in the history of the world.
0th The Second Congo War
Battlefields took place in several African countries during the Second World War, and until 1998 there were no battlefields on the Continent with the same number of casualties and devastations. For this reason, the Second Congo War was called "Africa's World" war. "In 1996, the country of Zaire was invaded by neighboring Rwanda which resulted in the flight of President Zaire, Mobutu. The country was then called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the "Republic" was already poor.
Several power shifts were taking place, with other African countries supporting Rwanda, while others were taking up arms for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In total, nine countries and 25 groups and militias entered the fight . Beyond the fighting there was a lot of hunger and rape. Although a peace agreement was signed in 2002, the fighting did not stop in any way. Natural resources, which are unbelievably abundant in war-affected areas, are a constant source of power struggles and renewed conflicts. More than 5 million people have been killed as a direct cause of the Second Congo War, and it was indeed the world's deadliest conflict since World War II.
. 9 Thirty Years War
Religion and warfare were historically closely related. This has found out Central Europe in the 17th century the hard way. When Emperor Ferdinand II was appointed leader of the Holy Roman Empire in 1619 and forced the people living under his rule to become Roman Catholics, the Prague demonstrators literally threw his representatives out of the window. A domino effect began.
Next came the Bohemian uprising. The Protestant states in the north, supported by Sweden, Denmark and Norway, wanted to abandon the Holy Roman Empire . They made alliances with Germany. Ferdinand got help from Spain. The Ottoman Empire supported the Bohemians. Ferdinand initially won the war until the Swedish leader Gustav Adolf pushed back the Catholics. Ferdinand rose again as the Frenchmen came in against them. It was a few decades of stalemates and short, meaningless truces. It took until 1648 for a legitimate treaty to be signed that led to a massive transformation of the European map and a diminished influence of religious organizations. It also sparked a different kind of fire in a greater distrust of different ethnicities and religious beliefs. In total, 8 million people were killed during the ongoing conflict.
. 8 Russian Civil War
While Russia took part in the whirlpool of the First World War, the country was in a state of total chaos. Two revolutions in February and October 1917 led to the massive breakup of Tsar Nicholas II Abdankte and the Bolsheviks, a faction led by Vladimir Lenin.
The pages were drawn : the Red Army (with the aim of using the Bolshevik leader Lenin) and the White Army (a collection of allies, including democratic socialists and capitalists). Although Russia led this war internally, other countries like France, the US, and England joined forces to support the White Army. This support ended with the end of World War I next year. In the next two years, the balance between red and white shifted, but in 1920 the Bolsheviks [1965-515] won a decisive victory in the south which resulted in a large withdrawal of the White Army. The wish of the Bolsheviks to found a socialist Soviet republic was fulfilled, but cost more than 9 million lives.
. 7 A rebellion of Lushan
dynasties in China are almost similar to the NFL, in which teams, in this case ruling factions, have a continuous, sustained series of greatness. The difference is that instead of the patriots, 49ers and Steelers, who have gone through decades, the Chinese emperors have been leading the country for hundreds of years, causing immeasurable bloodshed.
In the year 755 BC The Tang Dynasty led one of its own military to revolt against the ruling government. General An Lushan called himself Emperor the actual sitting Emperor really hate, and took over the capital Chang. His rival kingdom called itself the Yan dynasty and lasted eight years before the Tangs finally shot down its rebellion. The military losses and the destruction of the civilian population by war and hunger led to a total of at least 13 million people .
. 6 First World War
The First World War began in Europe and lasted only four short years from 1914 to 1918. In a time of industrialization, the extent of death and destruction was something you had never dreamed of before. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Bosnia, which triggered a series of events that resonated with almost all the major countries of the world.
Germany was a major aggressor, and allies such as England, France, Russia and finally the United States (after Germany had begun to sink US passenger ships) all took up arms against her. Russia would experience an internal revolution in its country (see entry no. 8), so that it would take time out in the middle of the war. The sea and the air have become battlefields like never before in human warfare. Machine guns and newer artillery made a quick and efficient killing possible. Ultimately, it was up to the Allies to win this race and lead to German capitulation in 1918, after 18 million people around the world lost their lives. Almost 7 million were civilians.
. 5 Taiping Rebellion
One of a long list of devastating wars in China, the Taiping Rebellion took place from 1850 to 1864. It was an uprising against the ruling Qing dynasty (about which we will speak more shortly) by a  cult-like group known as the God Worshiping Society who grappled with the economic conditions surrounding them ,
The Taiping Uprising even led to the group conquering the city of Nanjing for more than a decade. The leader of the rebellion, Hong Xiuquan, began expanding the reach of his God Worshiping Society across China. In 1850 he began to see that his group was properly armed and organized. They saw some victories as they defeated the Qing armies in several cities, and the siege of Nanjing would culminate, but when Europe joined the Qing forces, that was the beginning of the end. Hong was found dead in 1864, and the uprising broke out, leaving at least 20 million dead.
. 4 Conquest of the Qing Dynasty
The Ming Dynasty in China ruled from 1368 to 1644 and overseen a period during which much of the Great Wall was built, the first moving metalwork and the construction of the famous Forbidden City , In 1618, however, an uprising against the Chinese Emperor began in Manchuria, triggering events that would overthrow the entire Ming Dynasty. In 1636, Hong Taiji, the newly appointed leader of a new Qing dynasty, crowned himself Emperor of China.
The rebellion movement gained momentum and began to snow towards the capital, Beijing, eventually taking over in 1644. It took another 40 years of bloodshed before the new Qing Dynasty established itself as a new regime in China. During this time, about 25 million people would lose their lives . The Qing would enjoy their rule until 1912.
. 3 Second Sino-Japanese War
The second Sino-Japanese War, which took place around the same time as the Second World War, was fought between 1937 and 1945 between Japan and China. Although initially a separate conflict took place, he was eventually taken to the war brouhaha of World War II and several other World War II countries joined for both countries.
The war sprang from Japanese imperialist politics. When Japan bombed the US base in Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Americans came to China's aid, which began to turn the tide for the Sino-Japanese conflict. The war between the two is often overlooked, as the most famous battles of the Allies and Axis powers in the history books occur more frequently. When the US dropped the atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, these effectively ended the Pacific War Theater, which also ended the Second Chinese-Japanese War. Between 10 and 25 million civilians would be killed in the conflict that makes up most of the entire Pacific side of World War II.
. 2 Spanish Conquest of America
The romantic ideas of Europeans coming over and "discovering" America overlook some rather important points: it was more like plundering, and there was widespread suffering, illness and genocide.
When Christopher Columbus sailed the blue sea in 1492, about 60 million people lived in North and South America . White Europeans came with their illnesses, their slavery and their murderous preference and reduced them to about 4 million. The math majors who read this will realize that this is about 90 percent of the natives. Whole tribes have been wiped off the ground, including the well-known treatment of Native Americans in North America, as well as many lesser-known populations in the Caribbean and South America.
It is believed that the influx of Europeans was killed so many people so fast that the global temperature cooled off in the 17th century for some time. So much agriculture and forestry was left unattended by locals (who were now dead) that nature took over and engulfed all the CO2 that would normally keep the planet warm .
. 1 World War II
It's not just a laugh to call a World War – there were fights on almost every continent in the world. The sides were largely set up as a heroic ally against the evil Axis powers, with over thirty countries around the globe involved in the conflict .
Russia, on the side of the Allies (mostly), suffered the brunt of human losses in World War II with over 20 million dead. It was not just soldiers who fought. Many were civilian casualties because cities were cut off and Russian leader Joseph Stalin was a terrible person. One could imagine that the Americans would have been quite successful, but they lost a relatively small number of about half a million. And we must not forget the Holocaust that took place during the war, when over 13 million persecuted souls were murdered. In total over 70 million died in World War II of which 50 million civilians and just over 3% of the world population.
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