Top 10 Deadliest Wars in the World History

Human beings have been fighting with each other; individually and in masses, since the dawn of times. In most cases, a mass conflict gets out of hand, causing the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Some conflicts even lasted for decades and involved numerous regions of the world. Apart from human fatalities, wars cause famine, diseases and pose other problems for the common people. Some wars fought in the modern human history were more deadly than others. Here is a list of the 10 most deadly wars in known human history.


  • 1

    World War II:

    World War II is bloodiest conflict in the modern human history. Fatalities were estimated to be between 50 and 70 million as a result of World War II. It started in 1939 and came to an end in 1945.

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  • 2

    An Lushan Rebellion:

    Fought in China between the years 755 and 763, this uprising resulted in the death of 33,000,000 to 36,000,000 people.

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  • 3

    Mongol Conquests:

    The conquests of Mongols caused the death of 30,000,000 to 60,000,000 people. The conquests started in Asia, stretched all the way to Eastern Europe and engulfed Middle East as well.

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    Qing Dynasty conquest of the Ming Dynasty:

    Fought over a period of 46 years, this conflict brought about the death of 25,000,000 people. It is ranked number 4, of the top 10 deadliest wars in the world.

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  • 5

    Taiping Rebellion:

    The Taiping Rebellion was a civil uprising fought in China between 1850 and 1864. It was lead by Hong Xiuquan, a heterodox Christian convert, who falsely claimed to be Jesus Christ’s younger brother.

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    World War I:

    World War I stared on 28 July 1914 and ended on 11 November 1918. This bloody conflict was fought in Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, China, and some regions of America.

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  • 7

    Conquests of Timur:

    Seeking to restore the Mongol Empire, Timur become the cause of mass destruction in Middle East, India, Central Asia and Russia. Starting in 1369 and ending in 1405, Timur caused the death of 15,000,000 to 20,000,000 people.

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  • 8

    Dungan Revolt:

    This uprising was fought between 1862 and 1877 in China. A minimum of 8,000,000 people died as a result of this uprising.

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  • 9

    Russian Civil War:

    The Russian Civil War was fought in Russia from 1917 to 1921. 5,000,000 to 9,000,000 people lost their lives as a result of this war. It is ranked number 9, of the top 10 deadliest wars in the world history.

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  • 10

    Second Congo War:

    Second Congo War started in 1998 and lasted for about 5 years, ending in 2003. It was fought in Democratic Republic of the Congo and involved 8 African nations and 25 armed groups. It is estimated that a minimum of 3,800,000 people lost their lives in this war.

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