HIGHLY PRICED WARS IN HISTORY
Added on: 13th Mar 2016
When the Qing dynasty moved to overtake the Ming dynasty,
the price was catastrophically high.
AN LUSHAN REBELLION
Lasting for the course of nearly three generations in the 700s AD,
this rebellion had far reaching consequences for the nation of China.
CONQUESTS OF TAMERLANE
It was not mere coincidence that Tamerlane, the Turko-Mongol
conqueror, basically re-enacted what Genghis Khan did
several centuries earlier. Genghis Khan was his hero and
although it is hard to say whether Tamerlane’s conquests
were more or less destructive, it’s really just splitting hairs.
In pure terms of human life, the only conflict more costly than the
Three Kingdom period of China was World War II.
This Chinese civil war was one of Asia’s most extensive
conflicts and also one of the first instances of total war
in modern times (every single man, woman, and child was
conscripted to fight) which technically means there was
no such things as “civilians”. Not surprisingly the
level of destruction was horrifying.
Although the Mongol conquests are extremely hard to label
with a price tag, two things are for sure, the death toll was
very high and the damage to land and property was extensive.
WORLD WAR I
There was only one war more costly than World War I and that
was World War II. To give you some insight, America spent the
modern equivalent of $334 billion during World War I.
WORLD WAR II
Considering the fact that much of Europe was completely
decimated, it’s hard to estimate the total cost of the war.
Without a doubt it was the most costly conflict in world
history Once again, to give you some hard numbers,
America spent the modern equivalent of $4.104 trillion during
World War II. That’s over 12 times as much as during World War I.