Wars in the 20th Century – Conflict Map

Almost everyone knows, that in the course of the 20th century, mankind experienced more than just two devastating wars. There were many of them. Have you ever asked, where did all these wars take place, or if some regions experienced more wars than others? Who were the main protagonists in these conflicts? This map gives you the opportunity to answer these questions. It displays over 200 wars between 1899-2001, with at least 1,000 military battle deaths. Anyhow, after I spent almost 2 hours browsing this Conflict Map, I decided to share more details and link with you…

Each flame represents one war. “War” is defined here as an armed conflict with at least 1,000 military battle deaths, where at least one of the parties is the government of a state. The casualty figure provided on the map refers to military losses, unless otherwise stated. This means that many smaller wars are not included, in most cases because of this casualty threshold.

Although considered fairly reliable, the casualty figures given here should be regarded as estimates and must therefore be used with a great deal of caution. Civilian deaths are generally not included even if they are battle-connected. Nor are the victims of famine or epidemics caused by an armed conflict. It is also unclear how the data collectors coded the casualties for civil wars and colonial wars. In many cases only the figure for the government actor is included, and it is often an impossible task to account for the exact number of dead. However, the figures are included here in order to provide a simple measure of the severity of a conflict.

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