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History of murder

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In this article, we're going to compare the instance of murders of innocent people by various people and parties in the history of human civilization

Entity: Who: Date: Description: Deaths:
God God v world 5500 BC Great flood / Noah's Ark story in the Old Testament[1] 13,000,000
Christian Crusades Christians v Muslims, Jews, etc. 1095-1272 European Christians capture holy land and other areas, convert or be killed[2] 2,000,000
Hitler/Nazis Catholics v Jews 1941-1945 Attempted genocide of Jews, atheists, gypsies and others[3] ~6,000,000
Turkish empire Muslim v Christian 1914-1918 Armenian genocide[4] 600,000
Holy Roman Empire Protestants v Catholics 1618-1648 Thirty Years' War - Huge religious conflict in Europe[5] between 3,000,000 and 10,000,000


  1. . Based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population world population figures estimated by scientists during a time period extrapolated from the Old Testament
  2. . Charles Mackay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841): 2,000,000 Europeans killed. Other examples cite the toll anywhere from 1M to 5M.
  3. . Niewyk, Donald L. and Nicosia, Francis R. The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust, Columbia University Press, 2000, pp. 45-52.
  4. . Encyclopædia Britannica: Death toll of the Armenian Massacres
  5. . Prof. Joshua Goldstein (Max-Planck-Institut für demographische Forschung Rostock) estimates 2.1M deaths. In the Book "Der Dreißigjährige Krieg" - C.H. Beck Wissen, 5. akt. Aufl., München 2002 by Georg Schmidt the number of deaths is projected at up to 11M. However most of the (german) sources I found tend to around 9M deaths.

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