Top Ten Most Brutal Empires In History

The worlds most brutal and violent empires in history.

The Top Ten

1 Mongol Empire 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. - Miniman1676

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!

I think Mongol Empire wasn't brutal at all. what about other brutal kingdoms and empires?
when Genghis Khan offer peace or war. Most of them choice war that's why there were lot of casualties. If the rival kingdom and empires gave up their weapon Khan will spare them, but they don't that's why. its hard to fight and own 9.300.000 square mi. One person with his wise personality he did what he point it. I really respect Genghis khan what he done to human world.
Silk road and Freedom of religion was big step for human life. Silk road was like Wall-street of Mongol Empire. Freedom of religion was main peace of world first seen largest contiguous empire of human history. We should what Genghis Khan did in human life. - Henryotgoo

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2 British Empire British Empire

This is absolute garbage. The French, Belgians, Spanish and Portuguese were all far worse than the British. The Brits were not saints by any means and many less than savory things happened (more than I've got time to list here) but generally their Empire was far more neutral than others. Railways, roads, hospitals, education, religion etc etc. were all taken around the world. That is why their legal system forms the basis for much of the world, their tongue is the most influential and western culture with all its freedoms predominates.

One of the worst be far, systematic destruction of the indian textile industry, cause great Bengal famine in India, drained India of her resources and essentially caused many of the problems the country faces today. While I don't hold the British people today, accountable, the queen has not even bothered to issue a formal apology. Let's not forget they essentially enslaved Ireland, forced opium into chine, and stole their jade and silk. Hail Britannia indeed

"Us Brits ruled."
Yes. And really proud of what your "rulers" did to India and China? How about the crown-sanctioned shanghaiing of "impressed" seamen; or the atrocities committed against the American colonies before the "peasants" kicked your uppity butts back to your dreary little island--twice?

This should be #1. Today's Britain has improved a lot. - SigmaV84

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3 Ottoman Empire Ottoman Empire

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

These guys are so darn evil...the emperors killed their own brothers!

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4 Japanese Empire

Very evil deserves its place

Deserves its place, absolute nightmare

The forced WW2 prisoners to work for them

Japanese Empire sucks. They massacred many civilians and soldiers - Johnawesome

5 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.

6 Nazi Germany

#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

Kill 6 millions of jews.

7 Belgian Empire

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.

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.

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

Well seeing as Stalin alone killed around 60 million people in a couple of decades it hard to argue. Oh and they killed the Jews too.

That's almost half of the entire population! How would they have survived that then? Where's your logic? - DieGedankenSindFrei

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

The Soviet Union makes Nazi Germany look like France.

The Holomador killed 6 Million Ukrainians in a man made famine. Removed Ukrainian culture from Kuban, and caused the Donbass War we have today. This would show a long line of Russification where Stalin would deport many of an ethnicity to Siberia and replace them with Russians so as to keep Rebellion from happen. Today, 25 percent of Khazakstan and Estonia and 17 percent of Ukraine is Russian

10 Russian Empire Russian Empire

The Contenders

11 Spanish Empire Spanish Empire

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.


12 Aztec Empire

I thought of this too - FerrariDude64

13 French Empire French Empire

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.

14 Roman Empire Roman Empire

Second I thought of along with Greece and British empire - FerrariDude64

The first I thought of. - icthruu

They deserve it here

15 Portuguese Empire 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.

They turn the angola people into slaves

This is Portugal now

Evil things the Portuguese empire did

1. They invented the slave trade
2. They tortured the people of Angola
3. The Goa Inquisition (look it up)
4. In the 1990s, Portugal was told by a few nations to release it's colonies, and you know what they said? THEY SAID NO AND STARTED A MASS GENOCIDE IN THE EMPIRE BY KILLING CIVILIANS

16 Dutch Empire Dutch Empire
17 Abbasid Caliphate Abbasid Caliphate
18 German Empire German Empire

It's the Nazis

#16 really

19 Bulgarian Empire

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

20 Mughal Empire Mughal Empire
21 Libyan Empire
22 Persian Empire

Best Empire

23 ISIS (Caliphate)

He is praticate terrorism

24 Babylonian Empire
25 Ancient Egyptian Empire
26 Greek Empire

There never was a Greek empire. It was the Macedonian empire. - SigmaV84

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

27 Swedish Empire
28 Imperial Japan
29 Ukrainian Empire

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

30 Qing Empire
31 The People's Republic of China
32 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

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