10 Wars Throughout History That Left Behind Devastating Death Tolls
10 Wars Throughout History That Left Behind Devastating Death Tolls

10 Wars Throughout History That Left Behind Devastating Death Tolls

Maria - June 10, 2016

5. The Thirty Years War: 1618-1648

 

Clearly, the length of this war could cause mass amounts of death and destruction, but that doesn’t make the conclusion any less devastating. Another war waged over religion, this armed conflict that took place all over Central Europe arose between Catholic and Protestant states, after the fragmentation of the Holy Roman Empire.

As the years went on, the war only continued to deepen and grow, with the majority of the greater powers of Europe stepping into the fray. While the death toll has never been able to be accurately pinned down, estimates regarding the death toll vary as widely as three million to 11.5 million (though many have agreed on eight million as the most probable number).

4. World War One: 1914-1918

 

Undoubtedly the World Wars would leave behind the most damage. WWI was a global event that began in Europe and expanded outwards, gaining support from all of the major economic powers. They banded together in two separate alliances, the Allies and the Central Powers, and countless battles ensued through the use of trench warfare.

The death toll rounded out to about 18 million, 11 million of which were in the military and another seven million civilians. Whereas many earlier wars had high death rates due to famine and disease, WWI saw many of its deceased come from the battlefield.

3. The Taiping Rebellion (Taiping Civil War): 1850-1864

10 Wars Throughout History That Left Behind Devastating Death Tolls

This massive rebellion in China saw action between the Qing Dynasty, led my Manchu, and the Heavenly Kingdom of Peace, a Christian millenarian movement. A reliable census was not available, but the death toll was believed to have skyrocketed to somewhere near 20-30 million soldiers and civilians.

Again, as with many earlier century wars, more of the deaths were believed to be the product of both plague and famine, as opposed to merely military deaths.

2. Mongol Conquest: 13th Century

10 Wars Throughout History That Left Behind Devastating Death Tolls

Various Mongol invasions and conquests were carried out over the course of the 13th century, amassing a large Mongol Empire that spanned across most of Asia and Eastern Europe. The Bubonic Plague also attributed to the overwhelmingly large death toll, spreading the “Black Death” across the globe as the Mongols fought for more territory.

This period became what historians call one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. The death toll reached an unfathomable 40-70 million people.

1. World War II: 1939-1945

 

WWII was the most widespread war to ever occur in history, involving over 100 million people over a stretch of 30 countries. The devastating mass civilian deaths during the Holocaust and the advent of airpower defense strategies dropping endless bombs in heavily-populated areas led to the most unbelievable death toll the world had ever seen.

Currently the deadliest war in human history, WWII brought about an estimated 60-85 million fatalities.

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