The greatest wars in the history of humanity

Here is the list of the greatest wars in the history of humanity, in terms of the proportion of the world population of the respective period:

WarDatesCountryFirst belligerantSecond belligerantWorld population percentage (soldiers involved)Dead
First World WarJuly 28, 1914 - November 11, 1918Europe, Africa, Middle East42,959,850 French, English, Russian, American25,248,321 German, Austrian, Hungarian3.8976%38,880,500
Second World WarSeptember 1st, 1939 - September 2nd, 1945World49,024,000 Russian, American, English, French20,000,000 German, Japanese, Italian3.0001%73,000,000
Celtic Wars295 - 57 av. ADItaly, France, Switzerland7,640,000 Celts180,000 Romans0.6190%2,249,000
Sino-Japanese WarJuly 7, 1937 - September 9, 1945China5,600,000 Chinese4,100,000 Japanese0.4217%21,830,000
Chinese Civil WarApril 12, 1927 - October 1, 1949China4,300,000 Republicans4,000,000 communists0.4010%9,394,000
Wars of the Three Kingdoms220 - 290China320,000 wus, sun quans, gongsuns545,000 weis, shus, koguryo0.3879%104,000
Wars of the French Revolution1792 - 1802Europe, Egypt1,500,000 French1 800 000 Austrian, Prussian, English0.3406%680,000
Roman wars496 BC J. - C. - July 552Europe3,593,200 romans11 334 100 Celts, Cathaginian, Gaulish, ...0.3268%6,098,087
Napoleonic wars1805-1870Europe2,822,198 French, Italian, Polish4,088,835 Russian, German, Prussian, ...0.3089%6,201,038
Civil WarApril 12, 1861 - April 9, 1865United States2,200,000 Americans1,064,000 Confederates0.2580%720,000
Seleucid WarsJune 22, 217 - 164 BC ADIsrael, Turkey637,000 seleucids200,000 ptolemaics0.2076%72,500
Zhuge Dan RebellionMay 257 - winter 258China260 000 weis180,000 zhuge in, wus0.2030%-
Abbasid invasion of Asia MinorSummer 806Turkey135,000 Abbasids308 000 Byzantines0.1991%226,290
Thirty Years War1618 - 1648Europe661,000 Swedish, French450,000 Spanish, German0.1957%7,000,000
Persian war547 - 20 January 330 BC ADTurkey, Greece, Iran815,000 Persians368,000 Greek, lydies, Macedonians0.1610%322,992
Russian imperial warsAugust 970 - Winter 1917Russia, France, Turkey6,055,855 Russian3,989,500 Ottomans, French, Austrian0.1542%6,352,584
Conquest of Shu by the WeiSeptember - November 263China180 000 weis142,000 shus0.1485%104,000
Prussian Imperial WarsJuly 27, 1214 - November 27, 1870France, Germany2,788,000 Prussians3,797,000 French, Austrian, Russian0.1483%12,382,831
Crimean WarOctober 4, 1853 - March 30, 1856Ukraine673,000 Ottomans, French, British1,200,000 Russians0.1481%689,200
Carthaginian wars265 - 146 BC J.-CItaly, Tunisia, Spain454 500 Carthaginians376,000 Roman mercenaries0.1396%338,200
Russian-Japanese WarFebruary 8, 1904 - September 5, 1905Korea1,300,000 Russians1 008 360 Japanese0.1351%156,000
War of DevolutionMay 24, 1667 - May 4, 1668Netherlands, France230,000 French400,000 Spanish, English0.1241%4,180
Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878April 24, 1877 - March 3, 1878Balkans, Armenia915,855 Russian, Romanian, Serbian281,000 Ottomans0.1135%228,912
Revolt of the Maccabees175 - 140 BC ADIsrael200,000 seleucids10,000 Jews0.1102%5,800
Vietnam WarNovember 1, 1955 - April 30, 1975Vietnam1,504,000 South Vietnamese, Americans1,280,000 North Vietnamese, Chinese0.1010%1,914,891
American wars (excluding world wars)1754 - ongoingUnited States, South Korea7,900,030 Americans3,608,846 Korean, Chinese, Iraqi0.1000%8,206,452
Ancient Egyptian warsMay 9, 1457 - September 2, 31 BC J.-CEgypt, Greece223,000 Egyptians248,000 Romans, Hittites0.0983%23,000
Korean WarJune 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953Korea1,139,518 Korean, American1,066,000 Korean, Chinese0.0909%2,051,000
Ancient Greek wars547 BC J. - C. - 106Greece, Turkey943,650 Macedonians, greek, lydies1,477,550 Persians, Achaemenids, Romans0.0860%525,060
Austrian royal warsAugust 26, 1278 - June 24, 1859Germany, France2 662 635 Austrians3,506,600 French, Ottoman, Swedish0.0837%5,553,103
French royal wars535 - February 7, 1783France, Netherlands, Germany2,693,270 French2,788,733 English, Austrian, Dutch0.0789%11,375,933
Great Northern War1700 - 1721Europe310,000 Russian, Polish, Danish187,000 Swedish, Ottomans0.0777%110,000
Chinese imperial wars1122 BC J. - C. - August 15, 1281China3 780 240 qins, wus, zhaos, shangs3,558,400 weis, qins, yuans0.0773%2,324,000
War of the Augsburg LeagueSeptember 24, 1688 - September 1697Europe- Dutch, English, Austrian490,000 French, English0.0766%680,000
Seven Years War1754, 1756 - 1763Europe177,000 Prussian and English323,670 French, Austrian, Roman and Russian0.0758%1,300,000
Spanish royal wars (until 1900)January 2, 1492 - August 12, 1898Spain, France, Philippines966,000 Spanish3,809,570 Austrian, French, American0.0661%9,428,886
War of AlgeriaNovember 1, 1954 - September 9, 19621Algeria, France200,000 Algerians1,593,000 French, harkis0.0650%581,700
Second Italian-Ethiopian warOctober 3, 1935 - May 9, 1936Ethiopia800,000 Ethiopians600,000 Italians0.0609%283,731
Spanish WarJuly 18, 1936 - April 1, 1939Spain490,000 Republicans700,000 nationalists0.0522%451,000
Tianshui revolt228China50,000 weis60,000 shus0.0507%16,000
Hundred Years War1337 - 1453France371,000 French, Castilian and Breton217,500 English and Burgundian0.0506%162,800
English royal wars (until 1900)September 25, 1066 - August 15, 1900France, United States, China1,160,817 English4,241,380 French, American, Chinese0.0500%6,725,565
Amorium bagAugust 838Turkey30,000 Byzantines80,000 Abbasids0.0484%70,000
Campaign against the Wu Cao PiSeptember 222 - 225China100,000 weis5,000 sun quans0.0471%-
Byzantine WarsSummer 528 - July 7, 1345Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria1 233 000 Byzantines837 812 Bulgarian, Pechenegs, Fatimids0.0413%590,960
Spanish-American WarApril 25 - August 12, 1898Caribbean, Pacific330,000 Americans339 783 Spanish0.0404%74,586
Ottoman warsApril 6 1326 - October 1921Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece2,998,620 Ottomans4,571,255 Russian, English, French, Austrian0.0400%6,952,610
Indochina WarDecember 19, 1946 - July 21, 1954Vietnam400,000 French, American450,000 North Vietnamese, Chinese0.0377%1,460,000
Great Turkish War1683 - 1699Hungary, Balkans150,000 Ottomans70,000 Austrians0.0344%106,329
United States War of IndependenceApril 19, 1775 - April 11, 1783United States87,000 Americans, French, Spanish138,000 English0.0341%49,000
Gulf WarAugust 2, 1990 - February 28, 1991Iraq956,600 Americans, Kuwaiti650,000 Iraqis0.0303%44,546
Goth War535 - 553Italy35,000 Byzantines75,000 Ostrogoths, francs0.0299%6,000
Night attack in TârgovişteJune 17, 1462Romania30 000 valachies90,000 Ottomans0.0284%20,000
First Crusade1096 - 1099Israel37,000 Crusaders and Byzantines40,000 Fatimids0.0257%25,000
Haitian RevolutionAugust 22, 1791 - January 1, 1804Haiti60,000 French186,000 Spanish, English and Haitian0.0254%205,000
Six Days WarJune 5 - 10, 1967Israel, Egypt264,000 Israelis547,000 Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians0.0243%22,279
Bangladesh Liberation WarMarch 26 - December 16, 1971Bangladesh425,000 Indians340,000 Pakistani0.0206%300,000
Umayyad warsOctober 10, 680 - August 5, 939Spain, France188,000 Umayyads93 072 Visigoths, Aquitaine0.0184%31,560
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