The costs of war

By Mario
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- Every war has an environmental cost. Armies have been known to degrade the environment, burn fields and forests and poison water sources. Advances in weapon technology have left their mark in innumerable places, the most noticeable being Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Recently, NATO bombing of a petrochemical plant in Belgrade has raised questions about its environmental fallout. Yet the most outstanding price of war is the human cost. Almost 149 million people have died in major wars around the world since the 1st century, two-thirds of them in the 20th century.

Some major wars
The two world wars claimed 79,547,000 lives.
Europe has seen the worst of wars through the ages
Peasants’ war
1524-1525 175,000
Dutch independence war (against Spain) 1568-1609 177,000
30 years’ war (Europe) 1618-1648 4,000,000
Spanish succession war (Europe) 1701-1714 1,251,000
7-year war (Europe, North America, India) 1756-1763 1,358,000
French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars 1792-1815 4,899,000
Crimean war (Russia, France, Britain) 1854-1856 772,000
US civil war 1861-1865 1,100,000
Franco-Prussian war 1870-1871 250,000
US–Spanish war 1898 200,000
World War I 1914-1918 26,000,000
World War II 1939-1945 53,547,000

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