History of War

IN THE 20TH CENTURY

 

Welcome to History of War in the 20th Century

Estimated
20th Century War Statistics

Deaths by war and oppression:
203 million
- Matthew White

Total military deaths: 33.5 million
-M. Cherif Bassouni

Total civilian war deaths:
54 million
- M. Cherif Bassouni

Total government inflicted deaths between 1900-1987:
169 million
- Rudolph J. Rummel

Global military spending between 1945-2000:
$35-40 trillion
- Carter Vaughn Findley

As you might have been able to gather from its title, this website is entirely dedicated to providing a broad history of war in the 20th Century. While all of the dates and information on this site are accurate and as objective as possible, this website is purposely broad and concise, and does not attempt to provide a full comprehensive analysis of these events.

The main focus of this website is on the following wars:Nuclear bomb explosion

Each individual section includes:

  • A basic overview of the conflict which includes a summary of its:
    • Political context
    • Nations involved
    • Key players/political figures
  • An interactive timeline and map
  • A list of technological advcements that resulted from the conflict
  • A statistics right-hand sidebar that is present on all pages but the timeline pages and the Resource List page

Studying the Effects of War

HelicoptersThe 20th century was the bloodiest century in the history of humankind. The wars covered in this website have played an instrumental role in shaping the lives we live today. While most of these wars were tragic and involved a terrible number of casualties, every conflict also brought a number of technological advancements. From air technology to innovations in the field of medicine, there are many leisures and resources that we have at our disposal today that would not be possible without the wars fought in the 20th century.

We should of course be crtitcal of the political and economic motivations behind these wars and learn from the mistakes of the past but if we do not also acknowledge the technological innovation they have also brought then we are not analyzing the phenomenon of war to its fullest. This is not to say that technological innovation is itself an appropriate reason to go to war - it is not - however, we must also realize that there are always parties who benefit from war and we should therefore always carefully question corporate and political motivations before supporting military action.