War - Nine Largest Wars (by Death Toll)

Nine Largest Wars (by Death Toll)

Three of the ten most costly wars, in terms of loss of life, have been waged in the last century. These are of course the two World Wars, then followed by the Second Sino-Japanese War (which is sometimes considered part of World War II, or overlapping with that war). Most of the others involved China or neighboring peoples. The death toll of World War II, being 60 million plus, surpasses all other war-death-tolls by a factor of two. This may be due to significant recent advances in weapons technologies, as well as recent increases in the overall human population.

Deaths
(millions)
Date War
60–72 1939–1945 World War II (see World War II casualties)
36 755–763 An Shi Rebellion (number exaggerated based on census system,but not considering the territorial shrink and inefficient census system afterwar)
30–60 13th century Mongol Conquests (see Mongol invasions and Tatar invasions)
20 1914–1918 World War I (see World War I casualties)
20 1850–1864 Taiping Rebellion (see Dungan revolt)
20 1937–1945 Second Sino-Japanese War
8–12 1862–1877 Dungan revolt
7–20 1370–1405 Conquests of Tamerlane
5–9 1917–1922 Russian Civil War and Foreign Intervention

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