Here is a tentative list of modern mass murderers and the estimated number of people killed by their orders (excluding enemy armies). In many cases (notably Stalin’s and Mao’s cases) one has to decide how to consider the millions who died indirectly because of their political decisions. The Chinese cultural revolution caused the death of 30 million people (according to the current Chinese government), but many died of hunger and ordinary Chinese (who, unlike us, were there) blame Mao’s wife rather than Mao himself. Stalin is held responsible for the death of millions by Ukrainians, but “only” half a million people were killed by his order. Khomeini sent children to die in the war against Iraq, but it was a war.
Read the bottom of this page for frequently asked questions on controversial actions such as the atomic bombs, the Iraqi war, etc (that always involve the current superpower and usually the current president of that superpower).
I welcome feedback if i forgot anything or posted the wrong data, but PLEASE always provide reliable sources: webpages are gossips, not sources (and the WORST one is Wikipedia, edited by anonymous people with wildly biased agendas). Reliable sources are books written by professional historians who spent decades researching the event. Don’t embarrass yourself.
An impressive number of readers (mostly from the USA) don’t seem to know what “20th century” means and keep sending me emails about the Atlantic slave trade, the Native Americans, the Irish famine, etc.
Posted on August 12, 2016 by Boulderdash