10 Most Bloody Wars In The History Of The World

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Ever since the beginning of civilisation and much earlier too, humans have been indulging in wars. The reasons for war have ranged from a territory conflict to natural resources, food, ethnicity, religion, caste, progress and much more. 

Wars have shaped the history of human beings, with some of the kingdoms, countries and continents, still defined by the borders and boundaries of these wars. From Napoleon to Hitler, Genghis Khan to Christopher Columbus all these leaders have played their part in the wars that changed the world.

Here is a list of some of the bloodiest wars of history and how they ended up.


10. Conquests of Tamerlane – Timur (1370 to 1405)

Countries Involved: Eurasia, North Africa, Ottoman Empire

Death Toll: 8,000,000 to 20,000,000



9. Dungan Revolt (1862 to 1877)

Countries Involved: China (Qinghai and Gansu against the Qing dynasty)

Death Toll: 8,000,000 to 20,770,000



8. World War 1 (1914 to 1918)

Countries Involved: Worldwide

Death Toll: 20,000,000



7. An-Lushan Rebellion 

Countries Involved: China (Sogdian / Göktürk tribes against Tang dynasty)

Death Toll: 13,000,000–36,000,000



6. Qing Dynasty Conquest of Ming Dynasty (1616 to 1662)

Countries Involved: China (Qing and Ming dynasty conflict)

Death Toll: 25,000,000




5. The Conquest of America (1492 to 1861)

Countries Involved: Spain, Portugal, England, France and Native Tribes of America

Death Toll: 8,400,000 to 137,750,000



4. Three Kingdoms War (184 to 230)

Countries Involved: China (Warring tribes of Wie, Shu and Wu)

Death Toll: 36,000,000 to 40,000,000



3. Taiping Rebellion (1850 to 1864)

Countries Involved: China (Taipings revolt against Manchu Dynasty)

Death Toll: 20,000,000 to 100,000,000



2. Mongol Empire Conquests (1206 to 1324)

Countries Involved: Eurasia – Central Asia – Afghanistan, Iran, China and Eastern Europe

Death Toll: 40,000,000 to 70,000,000



1. World War 2 (1939 to 1945)

Countries Involved: Worldwide

Death Toll: 40,000,000 to 85,000,000



While these are the most bloodiest wars in the history of the earth, there are quite a few wars and battles where the deaths have not been accounted for. For example, the deaths that occurred during the uprising against the Czar in Russia, the many internal wars that occurred during the USSR’s regime and many wars in Africa which have not been accurately covered.

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