The Deadliest Events in History

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The Deadliest Events in History

The Deadliest Events in History

Over the course of human history, our species has done some pretty nasty things to each other, including extremely violent wars and massacres. Some people say things are getting worse, while others argue that humans are becoming more peaceful. For the facts of the matter, let’s check out the deadliest events that ever happened in human history.

9.  Late Yuan Warfare & Transition to Ming Dynasty, approximately 30 million dead

The Yuan Dynasty was one of the shortest in China’s history, and by the end of it in 1368, there were warring tribes, outlaws, political struggle, famine, and bitterness among the populace. Millions died, and it took the Ming Dynasty stepping in to put things back in order.
8. An Lushan Rebellion, approximately 36 million dead
From 755 until 763, General An Lushan attempted to wrest control away from the Tang Dynasty and set himself as the leader of China. He was eventually defeated, but not before a bloody and destructive war.
7. Taiping Rebellion, approximately 40 million dead
In 1850, China wracked up some more huge numbers of dead. The Qing Dynasty was having difficulties with natural and economic disasters, so Hong Xiuquan decided to create the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and fix the problems. Unfortunately, this led to a deadly civil war instead of improvements.
6. Great Chinese Famine, approximately 43 million dead
In 1961, the Communist party was in power in China, and in a mere three years they had tried to force their country from an agrarian society to a modern communist society. Thanks to the huge changes as well as drought, millions died.
5. Soviet Crimes, approximately 49 million dead
Despite being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1948, Stalin’s attempts to pull Russia into the modern era resulted in huge problems. There were revolutions, famines, forced resettlements, and government crimes, leading to huge death tolls.
4. Mongol Conquests, approximately 60 million dead
Most of us have heard the name Genghis Khan, but did you know that during his creation of the Mongol Empire he killed about 40 million people?
3. World War 1, approximately 65 million dead
Both World Wars are infamous for their huge death tolls, but World War I had some specific problems that led to the huge numbers. Leaders continued to use outdated techniques, ordering their soldiers to walk directly into machine gun fire instead of adapting to the new weaponry.
2. World War 2, approximately 72 million dead
World War 2 had an even higher death count than the first war, probably thanks to improved weaponry developed in the intervening years.
1. European Colonization of the Americas, approximately 100 million dead
Common knowledge holds that Europeans massacred Native Americans when they came to the new continent, and while it’s true that violence led to huge loss of life, one of the bigger problems was the disease that the Europeans brought with them. Combined, it created one of the most deadly events in human history, with some estimates suggesting that 80% of the native population was killed.
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