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
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
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
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.