10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

Human history has always been bloody, rich in large-scale destruction and casualties. We remembered the ten most terrible events known to mankind.

1. The slave trade across the Atlantic. The death toll - 15 million

The transatlantic slave trade began in the 16th century and reached its peak in the 17th century, until it finally abolished in the 19th century. The reason for it was the need for the Europeans to establish themselves in the New World. Settlers used slaves from West Africa to meet the needs of the labor force on their plantations.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

2. The end of the war and the transition Yuan to the Ming Dynasty. The death toll - 30 million

The Yuan Dynasty was founded by Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, approximately in 1260, the year and proved to be very short-lived in the history of China. Its representatives have ruled for centuries, and then the chaos began. Warring clans fought over land, increased crime, famine among the population ... It was not until the Ming Dynasty did not take everything under control.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

3. An Lushan Rebellion. The death toll - 36 million

About 500 years before the Yuan Dynasty, China has controlled the Tang Dynasty. Lushan, a general from the north of China, decided to seize power and declared himself emperor (creation Yan dynasty). Lushan uprising lasted from 755 by 763 years, and in the end the dynasty Yang defeated by the Tang Empire. Ancient War has always been a very bloody affair, and that the rebellion was no exception. Killed millions of people, and the Tang dynasty never recovered from the effects of the war.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

4. The Taiping Rebellion. The death toll - 40 million

Will move to a thousand years from now, and again we see the Chinese. It was then that the historical scene came Hen Xiuquan, which among other things stated that he - the younger brother of Jesus Christ. Hon created "Taiping Heavenly Kingdom" and began to slaughter. During the war, and there will come after her reign Taiping, tens of millions of people died.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

Hong Xiuquan

5. Victims of Soviet Russia - 49 million

In the period from 1917 to 1953rd years, millions of people in our country were killed, first revolution, then - the civil war, famine, forced resettlement camp. In a great number of victims it is considered to be guilty too insatiable desire of the General Secretary Joseph Stalin to build a new, better future for our country completely at any cost, while retaining its own total power.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

Joseph Stalin

6. The Great Chinese Famine. The death toll - 43 million

And here we are again in China, has already become a communist. In the period from 1958 to 1961 drought and bad weather conditions have led to famine. However, a disaster lay in the government's attempts to transform the country from an agrarian economy to a communist society. Chinese peasants describe this period as the "three bitter years."

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

7. The Mongol conquest. The death toll - 60 million

If there is a person whom we can say that the blood on his hands, more than anyone else in history, it is Genghis Khan. Under his leadership, the Mongol empire has turned into an empire, which the world has never seen. At its peak it held 16% of the earth's surface. Mongolian army captured and Asia over the past two centuries to kill enemies with incredible ferocity. The death toll, of course, would be much greater if the Mongols continued their advance to the West and to Europe.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

8. The First World War. The death toll - 65 million

In 1914, when a number of developed countries suddenly became crowded, they were united in two large union and fought for European domination. Europe was divided, and dragged along other countries in the rapidly sprawling military conflict. During this war, often used the following tactics: the soldiers were ordered to go to the full height under machine-gun fire of the enemy. When in 1918, the year it was all over, the world counted unprecedented number of deaths and huge losses.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

9. The Second World War. The death toll - 72 million

Taking a break for a few years, World War II broke out again in 1939. During a short break between wars, each country managed to build some new deadly machines, in addition, now that the soldiers appeared automatic weapons. USSR and its allies ultimately won the war, but the losses were enormous.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

10. The colonization of America. The death toll - 100 million

When Christopher Columbus in the 15th century discovered a new continent, it must have seemed like the beginning of a new era. Enterprising Europeans soon began to call this place home. However, there was one problem: it is already inhabited by indigenous populations.

During the following centuries, European explorers regularly brought death on the territory now called North and South America.

In addition to wars and fighting, heavy casualties resulted from the absence of native immunity to European diseases. Approximately 80% of the indigenous population of America died after contact with Europeans. And it is - an incredible number of victims.

10 most deadly events in the history of mankind

Christopher Columbus