8 Most Horrific Massacres In World History

3. The Great Leap Forward Massacre

  • Chinese Communist Party

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The Great Leap Forward was a program launched by the Communist Party of China (CPC) between 1958 and 1960 to have a significant influence on agrarian and industrial difficulties. The fundamental goal of the Great Leap Forward was to increase the speed of industrialization while also emphasizing the importance of manpower. The results were unfortunately catastrophic.

However, because of the fall in large-scale businesses, this resulted in widespread killings and massacres across the territory, finally leading to the bankruptcy of agricultural enterprises. During this time, hunger was at an all-time high, resulting in mass murders and killings across the state, bringing the death toll to between 20 and 35 million people.

The Great Leap Forward ended after three years, but was originally supposed to last five years because of its tragic results. “Three Bitter Years” is what Chinese people call this period of time, between 1958 and 1960.

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5 thoughts on “8 Most Horrific Massacres In World History”

  1. I don’t believe either the limited scale Russia-Ukraine conflict or a brutal police action in the US could possibly top the Armenian massacre by the Turks!! What about the Hutu massacre by Tutus in Rwanda? The Uighur persecutions by the CCP many of our politicans love taking money from? The rape camps and concentration camps the mostly Muslim Bosnians experienced?
    The Rape of Nanking? Those two of the named actions on your list do not belong in the top five hundred of world’s worst massacres!
    Tamerlane, Genghis Khan, the Crusades, the European wars from Julius Caesar to WWII, the African tribal conflicts, these ALL contained within their parameters incidents of great violence perpetrated on the innocent! I am not even including the actual wars and what atrocities occurred when the soldiers were fighting each other.
    I’m no historian so these are just some of worse atrocities that came to my mind as I went through this list.

  2. BEFORE I READ THE ARTICLE, I WAS SO SURE THAT YOU WOULD HAVE OMITTED THE CARNAGE METED OUT TO NEGROES DURING AMERICAN SLAVERY – AND INDEED I WAS CORRECT –
    THE THOUSANDS OF DEAD BODIES THROWN OVERBOARD DURING THE MIDDLE PASSAGE, THE DAILY AND WEEKLY HANGINGS , THE COUNTLESS YOKINGS WHERE SLAVES WERE PLACED IN VATS AND BOILED TO DEATH ON EACH PLANTATION- I AM SURE YOUR RESPONSE WOULD BE – IT NEVER HAPPENED IN THIS WORLD – OR “IT WAS NOT POLITICAL ” YES IT WAS !!
    WHAT ABOUT THE CARNAGE OF THE HUTUS AND TUTUS AND – IDI AMIN IN UGANDA ? I FORGOT – AFRICA AND AFRICANS ARE NOT PART OF THIS WORLD …

    1. Just anted to add. I guess it is easy to omit the slaughter of thousands of Native Americans and the lynching of black Americans post 1860. Ever heard of thee Trail of Tears and the Tulsa Massacre.
      The U.S. ranks #1.

  3. Christopher Atwood

    Can’t believe you left out the Rape of Nanking in 1937, where Japanese invaders committed unspeakable atrocities on a grand scale, killing millions of Chinese innocents, including just-born and unborn babies, and required family members to have sex with each other as the women were systematically raped and killed. I’d have it in the top three to say the least along with Stalin’s and Hitler’s pogroms.

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