Bloodiest Year in each Century

Inc

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Oct 2010
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Let's say from the time of Alexander the Great. By "bloody" I'm specifically referring to death tolls.

I'll start off with the most recent. 20th Century - any opinions?
 
Oct 2010
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20th Century? 1918-1919. Millions dead of war and disease and then Spanish Influenza hits, which will eventually kill up to 100 million people alone.
 

Lawnmowerman

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Mar 2010
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1812 for the 19th century Napolean attacks Russia with 690,000 men and coming back with 22,000. ANd the Russians lost an estimated 210,000 men. And thats not counting other areas of battle such as Spain and North America
 

Salah

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Oct 2009
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The 260s for the Third Century AD. The Cyprianic Plague, and a number of costly military defeats strike the Roman Empire, thus affecting most of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa.
 

Inc

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Oct 2010
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Wow, this forum is active! Thanks for the cool responses, guys. I'll take one at a time.

1: Cjones - you inspired me to read up a little. The main epidemic seems to have lasted from March 1918 - June 1919. So is 1918 the bloodiest year of the Century? Or 1919?

2: Lawnmowerman - I can go along with 1812, the battle of Borodino being the bloodiest battle of the Napoleonic Wars. However, I was under the impression that the death toll was 'only' 70,000 or so for this battle. So was there really almost 10 times that figure lost in 1918 in total? What say you (or anyone else here)?

3: Salah-al-Din -I believe that there was a plague outbreak in Egypt in or around 250 which spread throughout the Roman Empire. Is this the plague to which you refer?

-Thanks guys, this is great food for thought. Anyone else for other Centuries?
 

Salah

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Oct 2009
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3: Salah-al-Din -I believe that there was a plague outbreak in Egypt in or around 250 which spread throughout the Roman Empire. Is this the plague to which you refer.
Yes I may have been off by a decade, it could have been the 250s or 260s. It is called the Cyprianic Plague because our best contemporary source on it is from a Christian writer named Cyprianus.
 

Spartacuss

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Jul 2010
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How about 1941- Operation Barbarossa. Or maybe 1942 in Russia as the Einsatzgruppen started wholesale executions coupled with massive combat casualties on both sides?
 

Lawnmowerman

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Mar 2010
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Another date to consider would be 1944, with the invassion of France, Russian onslaught and action in the Pacific, the Holocaust was in full swing by this stage as well as on going atrocities in China.