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The 100 deadliest events

This list is derived from Matthew White‘s book, Atrocities, and each item is linked to a Wikipedia.org article.

100 Greatest atrocities in human history

A history of major war deaths shown on a logarithmic chart.

# Rank – Millions killed – Wikipedia link name – Dates

  1. 66 Second World War (1939-45)
  2. 40 Chinggis Khan (1206-27)
  3. 40 Mao Zedong (1949-76)
  4. 27 Famines in British India (18th-20th centruries)
  5. 25 Fall of the Ming Dynasty (1635-62)
  6. 20 Taiping Rebellion (1850-64)
  7. 20 Joseph Stalin (1928-53)
  8. 18.5 Mideast Slave Trade (7th-19 centuries)
  9. 17 Timur (1370-1405)
  10. 16 Atlantic Slave Trade (1452-1807)
  11. 15 Conquest of America (after 1492)
  12. 15 First World War (1914-18)
  13. 13 An Lushan Rebellion (755-63)
  14. 10 Xin dynasty (9-24)
  15. 10 Congo Free State (1885-1908)
  16. 9 Russian Civil War (1918-20)
  17. 7.5 Thirty Years War (1618-48)
  18. 7.5 Fall of Yuan Dynasty (1340-70)
  19. 7 Fall of Western Roman Empire (395-455)
  20. 7 Chinese Civil War (1927-37, 1945-49)
  21. 5.5 Mahdi Revolt (1881-98)
  22. 5 Time of Troubles (1598-1613)
  23. 4.6 Aurangzeb (1658-1707)
  24. 4.2 Vietnam War (1959-75)
  25. 4.1 Three Kingdoms China (189-280)
  26. 4 Napoleonic Wars (1792-1815)
  27. 3.8 Second Congo War (1998-2002)
  28. 3.5 Gladiatorial Games (264BCE-435CE)
  29. 3.5 Hundred Years War (1337-1453)
  30. 3 Crusades (1095-1291)
  31. 3 French Wars of Religion (1562-98)
  32. 3 Peter the Great (1682-1725)
  33. 3 Korean War (1950-53)
  34. 3 North Korea (after 1948)
  35. 2.6 War in Sudan (1955-72, 1983-2003)
  36. 2.1 Expulsion of Germans (1945-47)
  37. 2 Fang La Rebellion (1120-22)
  38. 2 Mengistu Haile (1974-91)
  39. 1.7 Democratic Kampuchea (1975-79)
  40. 1.5 Warring States period (475-221 BCE) China
  41. 1.5 Seven Years War (1756-63)
  42. 1.5 Shaka (1818-28)
  43. 1.5 Bengali Genocide (1971)
  44. 1.5 Soviet-Afghan War (1979-92)
  45. 1.2 Aztec Human Sacrifice (1440-1521)
  46. 1 Qin Shi Huang Di (221-210 BCE)
  47. 1 Roman Slave Wars 1, 2, 3 (134-71 BCE)
  48. 1 Mayan Collapse (790-909)
  49. 1 Albigensian Crusade (1208-29)
  50. 1 Panthay Rebellion (1855-73)
  51. 1 Mexican Revolution (1910-20)
  52. 1 Biafran War (1966-70)
  53. .94 Rwandan Genocide (1994)
  54. .9 Burma-Siam Wars (1550-1605)
  55. .8 Hulagu’s Invasions (1255-60)
  56. .8 Mozambican Civil War (1975-92)
  57. .78 French Algerian War (1830-47)
  58. .77 Second Punic War (218-202)
  59. .75 Justinian (527-65)
  60. .75 Italo-Ethopian War (1935-41)
  61. .7 Gallic Wars (58-51 BCE)
  62. .7 China-Vietnam (1404-28)
  63. .7 War of the Spanish Succession (1701-13)
  64. .7 Iran-Iraq War (1980-88)
  65. .7 American Civil War (1961-65)
  66. .64 Hui Rebellion (1862-73)
  67. .6 Goguryeo-Sui Wars (598 and 612)
  68. .6 Sino-Dzungar War (1755-57)
  69. .53 Algerian War of Independence (1954-62)
  70. .5 Alexander the Great (336-325 BCE)
  71. .5 Bahmani — Vigayanagara (1366)
  72. .5 Russo-Tatar War (1570-72)
  73. .5 Austrian Succession (1740-48)
  74. .5 Russo-Turkish (1877-78)
  75. .5 Partition of India (1947)
  76. .5 Angolan Civil War (1975-94)
  77. .5 Ugandan Bush War (1979-86)
  78. .5 Somalian Chaos (1991)
  79. .48 Triple Alliance War (1864-70)
  80. .44 Franco-Prussian (1870-71)
  81. .4 First Punic War (264-241 BCE)
  82. .4 Third Mithridatic War (73-63 BCE)
  83. .4 Cromwell’s Invasion of Ireland (1649-52)
  84. .4 Mexican Independence (1810-21)
  85. .4 Haitian Slave Revolt (1791-1803)
  86. .4 Greco-Turkish War (1919-22)
  87. .4 Indonesian Purge (1965-66)
  88. .39 French Indochina War (1945-54)
  89. .38 Great Turkish War (1682-99)
  90. .37 Great Northern War (1700-21)
  91. .37 Spanish Civil War (1936-39)
  92. .37 Postwar Vietnam (1975-92)
  93. .36 Cuban Revolution (1895-98)
  94. .35 Iraq sanctions (1990-2003)
  95. .35 Roman-Jewish Wars (66-74, 132-135)
  96. .3 Second Persian War (480-479 BCE)
  97. .3 War of the Allies (91-88 BCE)
  98. .3 Crimean War (1854-56)
  99. .3 Idi Amin (1971-79)
  100. .3 Saddam Hussein (1979-2003)

This list adds up to 494.82 million homicides since 500 BCE.

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