Most epic battle/war/conflict in history

Maki

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Jan 2017
2,115
Republika Srpska
#41
rise of marathas who ended up,ending the mughal empire in 18th century india is quite epic.
struggles of shivaji against mughals are truely epic.
But didn't the Mughal Empire last longer than the Maratha Empire (at least nominally)?
 

MAGolding

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Aug 2015
2,522
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
#43
It's not the number of people killed in the American Civil War, it's the percentage of the population killed.

Twenty five percent of all military aged men in the South were killed. Another twenty five percent of all military aged men in the South were maimed.

No country anywhere on the planet would see this percentage of casualties until certain areas, and only a relatively few, experienced such huge percentages during WWII. Heck, the world as a whole, only lost like what, two percent of it's population during WWII? And that was the most epic overall war humanity has ever seen.
You are forgetting the many small tribes which were defeated so badly that their tribal organization ended and the the survivors, if any, became assimilated into different peoples, thus ending their ethnic groups. For example, several nations that were ended by the Iroquois during the 17th century Beaver Wars, or the Yahi in California.

And among modern nations that had international diplomatic recognition several small nations involved in World War One and World War Two suffered civilian fatality rates equal or greater than the South's military fatality rate. And the winner, or rather loser, in this doleful competition is Paraguay which suffered the deaths of at lest 50 percent of its pre-war total population during 1864-1870.
 

martin76

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Dec 2014
5,944
Spain
#44
Epic in English means “heroic OR grand in scale or nature”.

It’s 2000 year old Greek meaning is irrelevant.
Very relevant.. because you don´t like what a word means... it doesn´t mean it is irrelevant.. as the Meaning of Democracy under "Popular Democracy" in Poland in 1980...

Not dear.. EPIC means what means.. not what we want to mean..

Not even one battle in this thread was EPIC.. in the meaning of the word... not epic at all when those battles were written.
 

sparky

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Jan 2017
3,153
Sydney
#45
I agree on the tremendous losses the South suffered ,it must have afflicted the South spirit grievously
as for some record on men losses ,
Paraguay war of the triple alliance was quite devastating with massive losses of men
 

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