Historys Deadliest Wars

Below is a list of the 18 Deadliest Wars in recorded history.

War / ConflictLowest Death EstimateHighest Death EstimateLocation
World War II (1939-1945)55,000,00072,000,000Worldwide
An Shi Rebellion (756-763)33,000,00036,000,000China
Mongol Conquests (1207-1472)30,000,000100,000,000Asia, Central- and Eastern Europe, Middle East
Qing dynasty conquest of the Ming Dynasty (1616-1662)25,000,00025,000,000China
Taiping Rebellion (1851-1864)20,000,00030,000,000+China
World War I (High estimate includes Spanish flu deaths) (1914-1918)15,000,00065,000,000Worldwide
Conquests of Timur (1369-1405)15,000,00020,000,000Middle East, India, Central Asia, Russia
Muslim Rebellion (1862-1877)8,000,00012,000,000China
Russian Civil War (1917-1921)5,000,0009,000,000Russia
Second Congo War (1998-2003)3,800,0005,400,000Democratic Republic of the Congo
Napoleonic Wars (1804-1815)3,500,0006,500,000Europe, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean
Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)3,000,00011,500,000Holy Roman Empire
Yellow Turban Rebellion (184-205)3,000,0007,000,000China
Korean War (1959-1953)2,500,0003,500,000Korean Peninsula
Vietnam War (1959-1975)2,495,0005,020,000South East Asia
French Wars of Religion (1562-1598)2,000,0004,000,000France
Shaka's conquests (1816-1828)2,000,0002,000,000Africa
Afghan Civil War (1979-present)1,500,0002,000,000Afghanistan