Top Ten Most Brutal Empires In History

The worlds most brutal and violent empires in history.

The Top Ten Most Brutal Empires In History

1 Mongol Empire

Yea, the British Empire had some very rough spells, but the Mongol Empire, in it's 160 or so years, killed AT LEAST 30,000,000 people, with some accounts of up to 70,000,000 people throughout their conquests.

They conquered China brutally and set up an ultra-totalitarian government. There is even a social class system which allows Mongols to get away with killing Han Chinese. Worst empire of all time -100/10

Mongols were messed up. There was a point where they made streams go black because of all the books they dumped in the water as the ink polluted everything. Many died. Countries such as the Arab lands and China were major victims.

Us Brits were bad (we should have treated them better), but we looked like nappy babies compared to the Mongols. They killed 40% of the population!

2 British Empire

Genocidal Britain == Jeffrey Dahmer amongst nations.

They have been murdering/torturing/starving Irish people since Oliver Cromwell to the 1798 Irish rebellion to the Great Famine aka Great Genocide to the Black&Tans to Dublin Monaghan bombings to killing civilians in Derry (google all of it).

They have murdered to extinction countless millions of Native Americans and indigenous Australians.

They have murdered/starved/tortured tens of millions of Indians from 1757 to 1947.

Also google Opium Wars, Batang Kali, Boer concentration camps etc.

The main problems were definitely the beginnings of slave trade and the fact that they never seemed to realise when they couldn't remain in control safely. When it grew large enough, other countries started to take advantage. However, instead of making compromises, its answer to everything was bloodshed.

They were more of thieves without souls. People there still saying we ruled just tells how soulless people they are. They imposed religion, started education so they could demolish the regional history and teach that brits were good. Created transportation for their own benefits with taxes imposed on regional people. Not a single good thing came out of them.

Britain was the most brutal, they smuggled illegal opium into China just because they were the most powerful and burned down the Old Summer Palace, they killed without thinking

3 Japanese Empire

They did far worse atrocities to other Asians and Europeans alike in southeast Asia than anything the Germans did, and the only people who deny it are Japanese. The Germans abided by the Geneva convention and treated their prisoners of war quite well, but the Japanese thought torture was a good way to treat them. Germans were said to have used Belgian babies for bayonet practice in WWI, the Japanese ACTUALLY USED Chinese babies for bayonet practice.

The one thing admirable about them is their system of honour, but not when it includes torture and destruction.

Very evil deserves its place

Deserves its place, absolute nightmare

Utterly evil! Should be #1!

4 Nazi Germany

The fact that this is not number one boggles my mind. The Nazis caused the bloodiest war in all of human history and wreaked unprecedented destruction across Europe, bringing more deaths to Europe than any other empire in history. They killed millions of their own citizens, and foreign ones, deliberately, in what is perhaps the worst genocide that has ever occurred. However, what they actually managed to accomplish pales in comparison to what they planned. Hitler's intention was to wipe every last Slav off the face of the Earth, he hated them as much as he hated Jews. He would have literally eradicated the entire population of the Soviet Union and the other Slavic countries, approaching TWO HUNDRED MILLION people, in order to forge his racially pure German empire. This is not even mentioning the other races that would also have been victim to his conquests, such as the Africans. I doubt anything even close to this has even been considered throughout history: the Mongols, the colonial ...more

Should be at number 1 for this because of how bad they were during world war I and world war II. Think about what the NAZI'S did to more than a million people from countries in Europe. By far responsible for over powering for what they believed in which was going out and ruling the world by doing in mass killings. Such a sad time. The Nazi's also responsible for the mass kill of the Jews. Blows my mind that Nazi Germany is not at number 1 when they should be. The Nazi's did the worst thing by far that no other empire could imagine or not even think to do and yet continued to follow through in HITLER'S ORDERS!

Read my comment on the Japanese. Yes, it was racist and evil, but nowhere near what some other empires did, even the USSR.

#1 Worst as they forced mass genocide unlike the brits who at least built infrastructure modern development and in most places freedom and peace, this of course does not mean they were perfect but they created some of the richest and most free countries like the USA and Australia, if you live freely it is probably because of the British empire

If Hitler was still alive, I'd probably get sent to concentration camp too as an Asian.
Screw you Hitler! So glad you died centuries ago!

5 Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman empire was actually good just because they are muslim does not mean you have to hate. I am North African they did not do any damage I embrace that part of me. The British are way worse.

Also, read about how they did the North African slave trade for over 1,000 years. It was the most brutal slavery ever. Read what they did to the male slaves, too.

I am half Turkish, so with a little bias, but not too much cause I recognize the Armenian and Greek genocide (I am also Greek), I think the Belgian empire, nazis and ussr if that counts, are worse, but boy were the Turks evil

Whats wrong with you people spanish portuguese and the brits were worse than this

6 Assyrian Empire

They would be the ancient nazis combined with isis. They share similar thinking to that of the nazis controll,superiority and propaganda. But of course when comes down to the most evil one its definitely Nazis since they killed 6 million innocent jews without a reason but just dumbness plus the assyrian empire was also an good empire since they had schools, literature,eduaction,good agriculture,rich cities, good army system and democratic laws(but not the modern law) It was okay being a gay man in ancient assyria but not an lesbian since gender roles was a huge thing in Assyria since women were treated differnetly than males. Altough its absurd to say that the ancient assyrian empire was similar to isis or isil their warfare and torture would be similar to them in modern times.

"Many of the captives I have taken and burned in a fire. Many I took alive; from some I cut off their hands to the wrists, from others I cut off their noses, ears and fingers; I put out the eyes of many of the soldiers. I burned their young men, women and children to death." About a conquest in another vanquished city he wrote: "I flayed the nobles as many as rebelled; and [I] spread their skins out on the piles."

"I slew 14,000 of their warriors with the sword. Like Adad, I rained destruction on them. I scattered their corpses far and wide, (and) covered the face of the desolate plain with their widespreading armies. With (my) weapons I made their blood to flow down the valleys of the land. The plain was too small for their bodies to fall; the wide countryside was used to bury them. With their corpses I spanned the Arantu (Orontes) as with a bridge."

While they did have a massive library, they perhaps were the most militaristic empire of ancient times. They deported ...more

7 Belgian Empire

If anyone thinks the British, French, Spanish empires were brutal, then they need to read up about the Belgian Congo. That is horrendous to read about.

The Belgian Congo was called "the heart of darkness" for very good reasons. They were far more cruel and brutal than all the other European Empires combined.

Really nasty, the worst of all the recent Empires.


8 Timurid Empire

The timurid empire was one of the most brutal empires in history. Located in western asia, spanning from modern day Iraq to the west to Afghanistan to the east, the timurids were increadibly cruel to their people, some even say Amir Timur, the founder of the empire was comparable to the Mongols.

9 Soviet Empire

Stalin killed his own people yet in the USSR it said you should support Stalin.

This should be number one! Stalin killed way more people than Hitler and he killed his own people.

The Soviet Union makes Nazi Germany look like France.

If other empires killed other nations, then this empire killed its people!

10 Russian Empire

This is Austria’s flag not Russia’s(before Austria-Hungary)

The Contenders

11 Aztec Empire

Can you spell ritualized cannibalism of enemy combatants and vestal virgins alike? Hundreds of thousands BBQ'ed.

Ha! If the Aztecs had nukes we would have wiped off every country off the map

I thought of this too

12 Spanish Empire

F in chat for the aztec, maya and incas. Some of the greatest empires in history...

They liberated the oppressed by killing their oppressors. That is why nearby neighbors of the Aztecs offered to become their allies as soon as they had found out about their plan. They were tired of being bullied for centuries. They also ended human sacrifices in the Americas. Before them the Aztecs would sacrifice anyone. Men, woman and children. Especially their captured prisoners of war. After all of this they married the locals and created an empire that lasted for nearly 300 years, and at one point, being the biggest and most powerful empire at the time.

The Spanish Empire lead to the death of almost every Native American tribe in South/Central America.

The Spanish slaughtered over 15 million Aztec people. The Aztecs were not evil at all. Human sacrifices happened very rarely. We kill prisoners of war too, but we just don't offer the hearts to the sun god. All of those "evil" things that the Aztecs did were just propaganda created by the Spaniards to make people like you think that the Aztecs were evil.

13 Roman Empire

The Roman Empire wasn't as bad as Nazi Germany or North Korea, but they were still very brutal. By far one of the most evil countries in world history.

They deserved to be destroyed by the barbarian invasions and the Ottoman Empire.

Second I thought of along with Greece and British empire

One of the biggest cancers in world history.

14 French Empire

I don't understand why France has a worse empire than Spain. Just look at the difference between Haiti and Dominican Republic. DR is much richer than Haiti because of what the Spanish did compared to what the French did. Obviously there are other factors to Haiti and its poor development but I feel like this a key factor which determines Haiti's poverty.

The French Empire over history wasn't so bad, but the crimes they commited during Algeria's struggle for independence are astonishing. They would open fire on PEACEFUL protestors, and were often too controlling.

15 Portuguese Empire

In the 1970s, the Portuguese were losing their Empire, so they decided that the best way to keep it was to commit genocide throughout Africa. And all to own a fraction of a pebble.

This is Portugal now

They turn the angola people into slaves

Brutal people

16 Abbasid Caliphate
17 ISIS (Caliphate)

Bruh they took a lot of land and basically they were terrorizing the occupied land

Its not an empire and it don't have any match with proper chaliphat..
Isis is a terrorist group has been created by america to rob arabs massive oil resources
And I think the name should be USA it self instead of the chaliphat in the list

I don't think it is a caliphate, by the way. It’s not even considered an empire to my perspective. To me, it is a terrorist group in Iraq and Syria that persecutes certain unwanted groups.

18 German Empire

The best empire

#16 really

It's the Nazis

19 Dutch Empire

Robbing Surinams natural sources
Police actions in Indonesia

20 Mughal Empire
21 Persian Empire

Although Persia's often considered a tolerant empire for its time and sometimes rightfully so (especially with Cyrus issuing the Edict of Toleration), it was not tolerant to the people that didn't submit to their rule upon conquest. The Achaemenid shahs slaughtered, subjugated, and DESTROYED the history of entire foreign peoples. Completely erased. Herodotus even gives an account of how the Lydians were destroyed disarmed and pacified by the Persians, and had their honour and culture erased.

Best Empire

22 The People's Republic of China

Not an empire

23 Greek Empire

Hey, what you doing? should be in top 5 Greece-balkans-egypt and everything until india!The half of the world population was speaking greek.AND it's greek empire the greeks trusted as their leader Alexander of the kingdom of Macedonia which actually is greek and it has not any affair with north macedonia who they are Slavs and came in the area thousand years after alexander died! and alexander family was from Argos-Peloponnese!

Just to the guy above, seriously, what have you been drinking? I want some too!

There never was a Greek empire. It was the Macedonian empire.

Best empire! just kidding! they were amongst the most barbaric people of antiquity, who disguised themselfs as philosophers and freedom fighting people, which couldn't be farther from the truth! their philosophy for example named woman to be corpses which emprisoned the human soul! if that is the kind of philosophy that the west wants to see as their cultural heritage, I will be out! and th PERSIAN eir vision of freedom contained to be able to enslave which ever people they wanted without having greater forces like the persians who in fact forbid slavery throughout their empires history, to take away the hellenistic will to be immoral people! It's so absurd how they used to call the persians barbarians haha THE PERSIANS freed the Jews from babylon and helped them rebuild their temple! And the first charter of human rights was created by the persians too! what did the hypocritic greeks do? giving them credit for having "saved" western culture and values is straight up wrong and ...more

24 Imperial Japan
25 Bulgarian Empire

This empire isn't at all evil! Why is it even on the list!

26 Babylonian Empire
27 Umayyad Caliphate

They killed the companions and descendents of its own prophet Muhammad as well as treated people of Madinah badly and got killed ahlul beyt. They forcefully converted people from other religions to Islam for their personal gains. They used to steal wives of other people and rapped Muslim and non Muslim women equally.

28 Libyan Empire
29 Italian Empire

Italy's colonial rule in Libya was a brutal one. Even when the war for Libya was going on the italians already commited crimes by creating the so called Tripoli massacre, 10 thousand turkish and arab tropps were put in concentration camps, there all turkish tropps were executed.
During ww1 libyan tribes men rose up against their colonial rulers, the italian didn't fully engage this until Mussolini came into power and 'pacificated' the region by bombing villages, men, women and children were executed daily and put in concentration camps. It was estimated that half of Libya's population got killed or 'relocated' during that period.
During the second Italo-Abyssinian war, due to international pressure Mussolini authorised chemical weapons, 1/4 of Ethiopia's population would die during that war.
During WW2 Italy commited autrocities in the balkans like the Domenikon massace in Greece. The italians used a very brutal tactics to quel rebellions in Yugoslavia, such as for every ...more

30 Qing Empire

Thanks to this BS we have messed up politics today.

31 Byzantine Empire

Very strong empire the continued the roman empire but they were more like greece than rome. They had glorious times and protected Europe from Islam for hundreds of years and helped europe to delevope!

WHAT Byzantine should be up at the top seriously.they killed a lot of Turks and even when they killed a lot I am so glad I am not in the 13th century wow watch Ressurection Osman😲

32 Ancient Egyptian Empire

They are the greatest Empire of all times. Their brutality and cruelty is well documented in the best book of all human history,the bible.

33 Swedish Empire
34 Ukrainian Empire

The kiled 6 billion people in the year 2030 they slaughter millions of italians

35 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.

€So terrible. They killed like 826372826227282737 Swedes. I counted.” This is a joke. r/woosh

36 Serbian Empire

Those slavs killed thousands of innocent people, Bosnian, Albanians, Croats, and more. Not to mention they almost committed a genocide against Albanians if it weren't for the turks and uprisings.

37 Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom is one of the most evil empires that has ever existed, and I am surprised that it is not on this list. They started the bloodiest single conflict that the world had ever seen up to that point, matched only in history by the Second World War. They slaughtered civilians and destroyed farmland, causing mass starvation. They were also racist and genocidal, and saw Manchus and other religions that didn't adhere to their narcissistic cult as demons that had to be eradicated, leading them to destroy temples and libraries and to ruthlessly massacre Manchus, often burning women and children alive. Had they won their war against the Qing, they would have likely been even more ruthless than the Qing themselves, and committed genocides against the Manchus on Nazi-level scales. They were essentially a military dictatorship, and ruled over their subjects with an iron fist, and created policies like segregation of the sexes to the point where married couples were ...more

Very far from ‘heavenly’.

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