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The Most Horrible Acts of Violence in History

Horrible acts of violence are commonly found in historical records. The following is a list of some of the largest-scale violence in history.

You’ll notice that most acts of violence occur during invasion, rebellion and war.

1.) European Colonization of the Americas

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The European Colonization of the Americas is considered as the most horrible acts of violence ever committed by men in history. The colonization resulted to the death of about 112,000,000. Colonization of the Americas started in 1492 up to1900.  The million deaths caused by disease, displacement, and conquest of Native American populations during European settlement of North and South America were considered acts of genocides. The genocidal aspects of this event are entwined with loss of life caused by the lack of immunity of Native Americans to diseases carried by European settlers and their livestock.

2.) Mongol Conquests

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The Mongol Invasion is said to be one of the most horrible act of violence in the history of mankind. The Mongol horsemen of Genghis Khan in the 13th century were tagged as genocidal killers. They were known to kill whole nations leaving nothing but empty ruins and bones.

  • China – 60 million Before the Mongol invasion, China’s population is about 120 million but after the completion of its conquest in the late 1270s, its population was reduced to 60 million.
  • Persia (Iran) – 2.25 millionPersia’s population of 2.5 million dropped to 250 thousand between 1220 to 1260 as a result of extermination and famine.
  • Russia The Mongolian invasion of Russia killed 50% of its population and thousands were enslaved. Cities were also completely destroyed.
  • Hungary – 1 millionHungary’s population prior to its invasion by Mongols was 2 million. Half of the population was killed.

3.) Japan – World War II

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Japanese soldiers killed millions of civilians and prisoners of wars in Korea, China and Philippines during WW II. About 20 Chinese were killed during the war. During the Rape of Nanking, hundreds of thousands of men were slaughtered, while women of all ages were systematically raped and killed by Japanese soldiers. “Kill All, Burn All and Loot All” was the policy that these soldiers have adopted. The Japanese slaughtered 30 million Southeast Asians (Filipinos, Malays, Vietnamese, Burmese, Cambodians, and Indonesians). They enslave millions and exploited them as forced laborers.

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  1. ronthoughts

    On August 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Great again here Nobert.

  2. Likha

    On August 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    The Japanese invasion is what I know more about based on our history subjects and stories from my elders. It was really a horrible time for us. Some comfort women are still alive to tell their story.

  3. Goodselfme

    On August 7, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Great work on this article!

  4. pearl2010

    On August 8, 2010 at 1:01 am

    This was so really brutal when we think about. Especially Japanese people that killed and raped innocent people.

  5. PR Mace

    On August 8, 2010 at 4:50 am

    There is so much brutal in our history. Excellent article here, my friend.

  6. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On August 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Very brutal indeed. You could also add Jalianwala Bagh massacre happened during India’s fight for Independence from the British people.

  7. Eunice Tan

    On August 9, 2010 at 4:55 am

    So many Chinese were killed, wonder if one of them is my relative.

  8. papaleng

    On August 9, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Another fine post, Bro.

  9. ronthoughts

    On August 9, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    A brief history of violence, Thumbs up!

  10. Gone.

    On August 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Great article, Nobert!

  11. Cynthia J

    On August 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm


    There was too much violence this world could ever endure. It is still going on to this day. I don’t understand, how people can have been so cruel and still are toward other human beings. I can just imagine what God is thinking right now. Excellent article my friend. Well done. :) Keep up with the great work. Keep on penning. Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful and creative talents with us.

    *S* Cynthia

  12. Ola Dunk

    On November 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Good post, but you’ve missed Mao and Stalin. The Great Leap forward alone starved some 45 million people to death.

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