Top 10 Most Brutal Empires in History

The worlds most brutal and violent empires in history.
The Top Ten
1 Mongol Empire

Most ruthless conquerors, wanted to to rule whole world throughout their conquest wiped over 10% of global population killing, raping, destroying everyone and everything against them. Genghis khan is alone biggest killer and rapist in history 1/200 people descendants of hi..

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.

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

2 British Empire

So many defenders of the genocidal, bloodthirsty British Empire (the British Empire committed genocides across five continents). They have no shame whatsoever

Because the US had a war with the British empire or whatever the US now had a war with the United Kingdom in 2022 or whatever thing ?

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.

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.

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.

They did many evil things to China, people in the Korean Peninsula, the residents of Nanking (goes with China), Russia (kicked them out of Manchuria), America, the United States and Territories (Guam, Philippines, etc.), The Netherlands, France, Britain (British Raj and Malaysia: Uk, French Indochina: France, Indonesia: Netherlands). They also Took some minor islands from Germany during WWI. They have turned many of the Chinese 'states' nationalist, forced Thailand to join them in the occupation of the British Raj, and persecuted many minorities just like Josef (Joseph? ) Stalin and Adolfus Hitler. Truly an evil Empire.

Evil and brutal. Vicious in their ways.

Utterly evil! Should be #1!

4 Nazi Germany

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 NAZIS did to more than a million people from countries in Europe. By far responsible for overpowering for what they believed in which was going out and ruling the world by doing in mass killings. Such a sad time. The Nazis were also responsible for the mass killing of the Jews. Blows my mind that Nazi Germany is not at number 1 when they should be. The Nazis 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!

They are the cause of million deaths of not only Jews, but also other people like homosexuals who are not fit of what they call the "master race". They had violated treaties by colonizing neutral countries and committing atrocities in the concentration camps.

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

Very evil.They killed thousands of civilians and people in occupied lands. Polish,French,Czech and people from many other countries were targeted. The Holocaust killed 6 million jews. They also killed gypsies roma people and many others. They killed and tortured prisoners. WW2 is their fault a comflicg that took 60million lives.

5 Assyrian Empire

Made lots of people sad

6 Ottoman Empire

Their only purpose was to spread their beloved religion, islam. They didn't damage the overall world (like britain, which used the world's sources and caused its polition by a lot). Never slaved any country. I can guarante because I searched it a lot, and was informed by many sources. They never did Armenian Genocide, it's a complete lie ,they might had to have kill some Armenians for the Empire's sake , that's not a Genocide at all. Even if they did , much Empires did things that are way worser (and you are completely missing the fact that Armenians did a Genocide on Them to).

The Ottoman Empire was ruled by the leader of Islam, the sultan himself. But they loved their religion so much, they killed, tortured and took and sold them as slaves. Despite the sultans' utmost cruelty, Muslims from other countries fought for their rights, for instance, the Indian Muslims protesting against the British for the Sultan during the 1919-1924 (the Khalifat Movement). But of course, the British were bad in their own way nevertheless not as bad as the Ottoman Empire. (After all, the ruled since 1299)

I have researched about ottomans a lot and I think that they were a great and respectful empire. Yes, they did destroyed many of Muslim empires to be powerful and rule the world but they ruled the world justly and greatly that at last in ww1 nearly everyone were after them because they knew that if the empire stayed alive there would be no chance for them to rule the world the way they like it. It is known that some of ottoman sultans were very horrible, bad and didn't had nice intentions but by taking them as a example and saying that the ottomans were very bad is wrong. Because ottomans also had great sultans who work hard for the empire and the stability of Islam. In my opinion the great ottoman empire and different Islamic empires were only a reason that still there are Muslim countries left.

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.

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 incredibly cruel to their people. Some even say Amir Timur, the founder of the empire was comparable to the Mongols.

9 Soviet Empire

This era was just awful. The soviet union itself was awful, but this empire also impacted other countries for the worse like cuba and ethiopia.

I travelled to USSR in 1985 - decades of forced movement of dissidents & "political prisoners" to the gulags plus a fearsome internal security service had left your average citizen cowed by authority. Anyone speaking up especially in east Germany & Baltic states was risking a lot. Organised religion was virtually banned, the leaders were homophobic and drunkards. That lasted 72 years from 1917 to 1989. Now Putin wants to bring it back.

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

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.

10 Russian Empire
The Contenders
11 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.

Dios Mio why isn't this in one of the top slots? They committed genocide on a level that has never been seen before or since and eradicated entire civilisations of South and central America. All driven by Catholic zeal. You thought ISIS was bad - this is ISIS. They even invaded (or attempted to invade) European countries just because they were of a different denomination of the same religion. I would say these guys were many times worse than the Nazis.

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.

This empire wasn't bad though it colonised most of america increasing its size rapidly.
It's also quite unfair that when the pope drew a line on the map, spain didn't listen and colonised most of South America.

12 Aztec Empire

The Aztec empire should be much much higher.

There brutal war-mongering and enslaving of local indigenous tries. The deliberate ritualized torture, slaughter and mutilation of an estimated hundred of thousands to millions of innocents including children is something the world had never seen before or never saw after besides perhaps in Nazi Germany.

To get an idea, 4000-8000 people were sacrificed in just 4 days in the opening ceremonies of what today is referred to as the Templo Mayor. This is twice as much as the total number of victims of the Spanish inquisition spanning 4 centuries.

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

Made Mexican hearts sad

13 Roman Empire

The Roman Empire deserves first place. They mistreated their people in many bad torturous ways that would be illegal today. For starters, they'd peel your skin off when you're still alive, they set people on fire, they would even kill people by waking people with sticks to death. Of course, they'd also make people watch these deaths happen like in arenas when gladiators thought ferocious animal or other gladiators.

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.

Committed genocide against the Carthaginians, Gauls, and countless others. Sold vast amounts of people into slavery.

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 ISIS (Caliphate)
16 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

17 The People's Republic of China
18 Abbasid Caliphate
19 German Empire
20 Persian Empire

Truly, the Persia empire, without a doubt, is the greatest empire of all time. Not the largest, not the longest living; but is the empire that has truly brought peace to the Middle East for at least a little while and taught people that there is a way to co exist without having to learn the ways of others. These are problems we face today, but the Persian empire solved them with a breeze, while also having a great government and which I believe we need to use again. The Persians are the eighth oldest people to live today, they have suffered through a lot. From Greeks, to mongols, to Ottomans, to Russia, Britain and America; they have survived through all and more stronger each time. So, I have no doubt that they will free themselves from the current regime and there will be a time where they will lead the world once again.If the old regimes were here today, I believe that with their wisdom, this world could be a better place... like the time of the 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.

21 Greek Empire

Best empire! Just kidding! They were amongst the most barbaric people of antiquity, who disguised themselves as philosophers and freedom fighting people, which couldn't be further from the truth! Their philosophy for example named woman to be corpses which imprisoned 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 the PERSIAN 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 hypocritical Greeks do? Giving them credit for having "saved" western culture and values is straight up wrong and ...more

22 Mughal Empire

Mughal empire was so strong that it could have conquered whole China and Asia because Indian subcontinent that they lived in was most richest and strong with its army.

23 Dutch Empire
24 Imperial Japan
25 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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