Top 10 Deadliest World Events In Human History

Top 10 Deadliest World Events In Human History

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Top 10 Deadliest World Events In Human History:

Throughout  mankind’s history, there have been numerous world events that have seen a large number of deaths and broad destruction. The ten entries on this list are ranked according to the number of deaths. While a portion of the events crossed spanned just a few years, others happened over centuries.

Since these death toll estimates are always highly disputed, I have made it a rule to use the highest  respectable estimate for each situation. I have additionally centered this list on ‘man-made’ events – natural disasters have not been included.

10. Atlantic Slave Trade [Loss of life Estimate: 15 Million]

Atlantic Slave Trade [Loss of life Estimate: 15 Million]

The Atlantic (or TransAtlantic) slave exchange started generally in the 16th century, achieving its peak in the 17th century until finally being all but abolished annulled in the nineteenth Century. The main driving force behind this exchange was simply the requirement for European empires to set up themselves in the New World.

European and American settlers hence started to use primarily West African slaves to fill the vast labor needs on plantations. Estimates change on the amount of slaves who died, however it is said that for every ten slaves taken on a ship, four would die from causes related to mistreatment.

9. Late Yuan Warfare and Transition to Ming Dynasty [Loss of life Estimate: 30 Million]

Late Yuan Warfare and Transition to Ming Dynasty [Loss of life Estimate: 30 Million]

The Yuan line was founded by Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan, around 1260. Yuan truly translates  as ‘Great is the Heavenly and Primal’, however there ended up being nothing either incredible or heavenly about it.

The dynasty ended up being one of the most limited lived ever of, covering only a century until the point when it fell in 1368. Chaos ruled amid the twilight years of the Yuan Dynasty, and the lands were set apart by warring tribes, outlaws, political struggle, starvation, and bitterness among the populace. After this carnage, the Ming Dynasty took control.

Their rule is portrayed by some as “one of the best periods of orderly  government and social stability in mankind’s history.”

8. A Lushan Rebellion [Loss of life Estimate: 36 Million]

A Lushan Rebellion [Loss of life Estimate: 36 Million]

Around 500 years before Yuan, the Tang Dynasty was in control of China. A Lushan – a general in the north of China – tried to take control, and announced himself head (making the Yan Dynasty).

The A Lushan rebellion  kept going from 755 until 763, when the Yan Dynasty was finally defeated  by the Tang empire. Medieval warfare was always a ridiculous affair – and this rebellion was no exception. Millions died on and the Tang Dynasty never fully recovered.

7. Taiping Rebellion [Loss of life Estimate: 40 Million]

Taiping Rebellion [Loss of life Estimate: 40 Million]

Jump forward a thousand years and the Chinese are at it again – this time with some assistance from the French, the British, and some American mercenaries. In 1850, the Qing Dynasty is currently charge for China.

They had suffered some real issues before the rebellion, with natural  and financial calamities causing destruction – also the Europeans bringing opium addiction on China. So up stepped Hong Xiuquan, who amongst other things claimed to be the younger brother of Jesus Christ.

Hong built up the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom – and the carnage started. The Taiping Rebellion occurred at roughly  the same time as the American civil war, however the last conflict turned out to be far less bloody.



6. Great Chinese Famine Death [Loss of life Estimate: 43 Million]

Incredible Chinese Famine [Loss of life Estimate: 43 Million]

One more century later and we’re currently in a Communist-led China. The period 1958 to 1961 is additionally know as ‘the great leap forward’ – and it’s a sombre lesson in what can happen when an administration endeavors to change a nation too quickly.

Although droughts and poor climate conditions prompted the starvation, the disaster can quite easily be seen as a consequence of the government’s  attempts to quickly change the nation from an agrarian economy into a modern edge communist society.

Chinese peasants portray this period as the ‘three bitter years’, which is something of a modest representation of the truth. A very long while later the Chinese economy turned into the largest in the world –  but at quite a price..

5. Soviet Crimes [Loss of life Estimate: 49 Million]

Soviet Crimes [Loss of life Estimate: 49 Million]

Here is another example of a disaster caused by a nation with a huge populace trying to change its economic and social landscape in a very short period.

Under the Soviet Union, from 1917 to 1953, Millions of Russians died on account of revolution, common war, starvation, forced resettlement and different violations. One man can take most of the blame: Joseph Stalin.

Joseph Stalin.His build a new better nation at any cost – and to keep hold of the power he had gained – was a direct cause for the majority of casualties under Soviet rule. It is difficult to understand how, in 1948, he was named for the Nobel Peace Prize.



4. Mongol Conquests [Loss of life Estimate: 60 Million]

Mongol Conquests [Loss of life Estimate: 60 Million]

If there is one men  who could be said to have more blood  on his hand  than any other individual ever, it is Genghis Khan. Under the leadership  of Khan (and successors after his death), the Mongol empire developed into the largest land domain the world has ever seen– at its peak covering 16% of the Earth.

The Mongol armed force swept crosswise over Asia, murdering its opponents with extraordinary ferocity for the best part of two centuries. The death  toll would certainly have been considerably higher if the Mongols had continued to progress west and into Europe.

Aside from all the killing, it wasn’t all bad under Mongol rule– with religious tolerance given to most faiths, and additionally tax breaks for poor people.

3. World War 1 [Loss of life Estimate: 65 Million]

World War 1 [Loss of life Estimate: 65 Million]

Although other wars had come close quite a few time, this was the first truly worldwide war. The reasons for the ‘considerable war’ are varied and rather complicated,  but suffice it to say that in 1914 when the different European empires started to get too big for each other , they decided to shape two vast alliances and fight it out for dominance.

Europe became divided, and dragged the rest of the world into its rapidly extending sinkhole. Outdated  warfare strategies were deadly to the troopers involved: these young men would frequently be requested to walk gradually towards the opponent’s machine gun fire.

At the point when the war finished in 1918, Europe and the world started to count the cost of many lost lives. Most agreed that this madness could never happen again…

2. World War 2 [Loss of life Estimate: 72 Million]

World War 2 [Loss of life Estimate: 72 Million]

Having taken a break from battling for a couple of years, ‘total war’ broke out again in 1939. The two team divided again into vast powers, and considered themselves the Allies and the Axis. Amid the short break before the war, every nation had chosen to manufacture some new killing machines – taking to the skies and to the ocean, and growing more proficient land-based vehicles and in addition automatic weapons their soldiers could now carry.

Also, as though this wasn’t sufficient, a certain country decided to build a big bomb. The Allies in the long run ‘won’ the war, however 85% of the death toll came from their side, with the Soviet Union and China seeing the greatest casualties. The majority of deaths also came outside of the combat zone, and can therefore be attributed to war crimes.

1. European Colonization of the Americas [Loss of life Estimate: 100 Million]

 European Colonization of the Americas [Loss of life Estimate: 100 Million]

At the point when Christopher Columbus, John Cabot and different explorers in the fifteenth century found another new continent, it must’ve seemed the dawn of new age. Here was a new paradise that adventurous  Europeans could call their new home. There was, however, one problem: this land as of now had an indigenous population.

Over the following centuries, the seafaring Europeans brought vast death tolls to what is now referred to as North and South America. Although war and invasion can account for a hefty chunk of these casualties, it was the natives’ lack of immunity to European diseases that caused the most deaths.

Some estimates state that 80% of the Native American population died as a result of contact with Europeans.

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P. Natasha Covers Classical Archaeology news and has been with Histecho since 2017. She has a Master's degree in MA Archaeology from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program. A California native, she also holds a Bachelor of science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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