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Throughout the history of man, there have been many battles and armed conflicts. Unfortunately, it seems as though world peace is way out of our reach. Below I have listed the worst armed conflicts in history so far with the estimated death toll, years of duration, and location. (The death toll estimates include death of civilians, soldiers in battle, and those who have died from diseases, famine, etc.)

 

These figures of one million or more deaths include the deaths of civilians from diseases, famine, etc., as well as deaths of soldiers in battle and possible massacres and genocide. Where only one estimate is available, it appears in both the low and high estimates. This is a sortable table. Click on the column sort buttons to sort results numerically or alphabetically.

Wars and armed conflicts

 

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Event Location From To See also Percentage of the world population[1]
40,000,000 72,000,000 World War II Worldwide 1939 1945 World War II casualties and Second Sino-Japanese War[4] 1.7%–3.1%
30,000,000 30,000,000 Late Yuan warfare and transition to Ming Dynasty China 1340 1368 Ming Dynasty 6.7%
25,000,000 25,000,000 Qing dynasty conquest of the Ming Dynasty China 1616 1662 Qing Dynasty 4.8%
20,000,000 100,000,000 Taiping Rebellion China 1851 1864 Dungan revolt 1.6%–8%
15,000,000 65,000,000 World War I (High estimate includes Spanish flu deaths)[14] Worldwide 1914 1918 World War I casualties 0.8%–3.6%
15,000,000 20,000,000 Conquests of Timur-e-Lang West Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Russia 1369 1405   3.4%–4.5%
13,000,000 36,000,000 An Lushan Rebellion China 755 763 Medieval warfare 5.5%–15.3%
8,000,000 12,000,000 Dungan revolt China 1862 1877 Panthay Rebellion 0.6%–0.9%
5,000,000 30,000,000 Conquests by the Empire of Japan Asia 1894 1945    
5,000,000
 
9,000,000 Russian Civil War Russia 1917 1921 Russian Revolution (1917), List of civil wars 0.28%–0.5%
2,500,000 5,400,000 Second Congo War Democratic Republic of the Congo 1998 2003 First Congo War 0.06%–0.09%
3,500,000
 
7,000,000 Napoleonic Wars Europe, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean 1803 1815 Napoleonic Wars casualties 0.4%–0.7%
3,000,000 11,500,000 Thirty Years' War Holy Roman Empire 1618 1648 Religious war 0.5%–2.1%
3,000,000 7,000,000 Yellow Turban Rebellion China 184 205 Part of Three Kingdoms War 1.3%–3.1%
1,000,000 3,000,000 Nigerian Civil War Nigeria 1967 1970 Genocides in history 0.03%-0.09%
1,500,000 2,000,000 Afghan Civil War Afghanistan 1979 Present Soviet-Afghan War, Taliban Era, and NATO Intervention. Death toll estimates through 1999 (2M) and 2000 (1.5M and 2M). 0.06%
3,000,000 4,000,000 Deluge Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 1655 1660 Second Northern War 0.6%–0.7%
400,000 4,500,000 Korean War Korean Peninsula 1950 1953 Cold War 0.1%
800,000 3,000,000 Vietnam War Southeast Asia 1955 1975 Cold War and First Indochina War 0.08%–0.19%
2,000,000 4,000,000 French Wars of Religion France 1562 1598 Religious war 0.4%–0.8%
2,000,000
 
2,000,000
 
Shaka's conquests Africa 1816 1828 Ndwandwe–Zulu War 0.2%
1,000,000 2,000,000 Second Sudanese Civil War Sudan 1983 2005 Religious war 0.02%
1,000,000 3,000,000 Crusades Holy Land, Europe 1095 1291 Religious war 0.3%–2.3%
600,000 2,000,000 Soviet War in Afghanistan Afghanistan 1980 1988 Cold War 0.012%–0.04%
800,000 1,000,000 Du Wenxiu Rebellion China 1856 1873    
500,000 2,000,000 Mexican Revolution Mexico, United States 1911 1920 Pancho Villa and Columbus Raid 0.03%–0.1%
500,000 2,000,000     1980 1988 Al-Anfal Campaign and Invasion of Kuwait 0.01%–0.04%
400,000 800,000 American Civil War United States,Confederate States 1861 1865   0.03%–0.06%
300,000 1,200,000 Paraguayan War South America 1864 1870 Military history of South America and Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias 0.02%–0.08%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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