What's the greatest disaster in European history?

Dec 2018
Pennsylvania, USA
In reply to Salve Caesar: Since the question was "Greatest disaster in European history?", I would suggest the important question of the evil effect of colonization deserves to it's own thread.

As to greatest disaster, I think the World War's I & II would qualify, with their mammoth loss of life eclipsing the Black Death in numbers. The plague of Justinian in the 540's is thought to have killed 13 to 26% of GLOBAL population, and is a contender for greatest disaster.

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami nearly wiping out the city of Lisbon in 1755, and the Great Fire of London in 1666 qualify as disasters, but of a secondary rank.
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Jun 2013
I'd say the Great Famine and the Black Death in the 14th c.
In a couple of centuries Europe recovered enough to create historical disasters rather than have natural disasters. By that i mean incessant warfare - 16th c. to early 19th c. then the volcanic-type explosion of WWI & II.
Nov 2016
Užice, Serbia
Tough question, considering the many horrible things that happen here.

I'd say my five picks are:

-French revolution
-Russian revolution
-Bubonic plague
-Thirty years' war
-Either of the world wars

...in no particular order.
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