Since the rise of human civilization, man’s association with wild behavior has been from the beginning of the fight, and war is an aggressive act that usually arises from the fighting between the states into aggressive and armed fighting. Today we will tell you about some such wars, which are the most deadly and dangerous wars in history. Sorting out some selective war from the vast number of wars in the world is a very difficult task, the procedure adopted for selecting this list is described in the comment after the list is over.
Often, deadly wars begin in a bid to prove one nation’s dominance over other nations and their outcome is always disastrous. Motives for such wars range from ambitious expansions to diplomatic issues, and sometimes even the intentional genocide. However, poverty, poor leadership, greed for resources, civil unrest, and some other factors also cause such wars. These all wars have one thing in common- a massive number of casualties. Here’s the list of the deadliest wars in the world. Some of these conflicts have killed tens of millions of people including soldiers and innocent civilians and some of them shifted the entire balance of power around the world. Many conflicts were so gigantic that they affected nearly the entire world and some wars ended with an ultimate death toll of around 85 million people. Gosh! Let’s pray that such wars never happen again anywhere in the world for the good of mankind.
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Dungan revolt may refer to:
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The history of human civilization is full of wars, there would hardly have been such a decade in human history when there is no involvement in human wars. It is difficult to sort out the selected war from thousands of thousands, but we have prepared this list by trying according to our ability, your feedback will help us improve.
In this list, we have selected some wars on the following basis:
1.Wars that are 2500 years old or more, or whose evidence has been destroyed over time, were not included in the list, such as the Mahabharata
2.The economic losses due to wars were not taken into consideration.
3.Only those wars have been kept in which most people have lost their lives.
4.In any major war, if small wars are involved then only big war is added (Indian wars may be exceptions) such as people killed by large number of Japanese army during World War II, around 2 crores People became victims of war crimes, The Holocaust (Jewish massacre) and other incidents in which millions of innocent people lost their lives.
5.Some human conspiracy or natural disasters which caused more harm than war, but those which do not fall in the category of war, were not added. Such as Holodomor (massacre of Ukraine) and persecution of Hazara people (in which 60% of the Afghan population was killed)
6.Some of the wars of China which could not get more information have been abandoned.
7.The number of deaths is shown in the average. The average of the minimum and maximum figures of people who died in any war has been used.
Apart from this list, also see this link, a large part of the list is inspired by this link.List of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll – WikiPedia=