These Are The Wars That Killed The Most People In Human History

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National Interest: These Conflicts Killed the Most People in Human History

So many millions dead.

Key point: History is full of very bloody conflicts.

All wars are awful. Some wars are much, much more awful than others.

All wars are awful. Some wars are much, much more awful than others.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, nor does it comprise anything but a fraction of the overall deaths in wars in human history. Still, the five wars on this list may have collectively killed up to a quarter of a billion people.

These wars were big and upset the status quo. The Chinese Civil War turned more than half a billion people Red. World War II destroyed a totalitarian menace. Even the Mongol invasions echo in the present as an estimated 16 million people worldwide carry the genes of Genghis Khan.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese Civil War and the Tai Ping Rebellion were incredibly bloody. But the Second World War holds the record of people being killed.