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Originally posted by Allan Hildebrandt
Here is a list that should help you out. disasters
Well, surely they did somekind population counting even then... after all rulers had to know how many people they had in their country from who to collect taxes.
Originally posted by sardion2000
how do they even know how many died is a good question as well.
That's not so many percents of population of the time... around medieval time world's human population was surely much much smaller.
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
In terms of lose of human life I would have to go with WW2 about 50-55 million people died.
Originally posted by brill
Although the figures are not as high as other disasters/loss of life with nearly 38 million people affected now and nearly 3 million dead I would say AIDS could be up there some day. Let's hope it's not :
Originally posted by pantha
Two more events in history that caused huge loss of human life were the black death of the 14th century in which an estimated 23 million people died, and the flu epidemic of 1918 that killed between 25 and 50 million.
Originally posted by Off_The_Street
This story is well-researched and told in David Keys' "Catastrophe: an Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World" (Ballantine, 1999). If you're intersted in such things, I'd really recommend adding the book to your library, along with both the Jared Diamond books.
AIDS is not a natural disaster. People know how to prevent AIDS but they refuse to do it.