Since we’ve covered the shortest wars in history, I started wondering what were the longest wars in history? And behold, someone has already made a (not so) tidy list!
Before we get to it, it should be noted what constitutes “beginning” and “end” varies greatly depending on the source. The other thing about the list is it seems out-of-order but because beginnings and endings vary, that may explain why it seems wars that were shorter appear later. Also, it lists “series” of wars as one war (Punic Wars for example). Finally, the Korean War is not on this list and technically, it hasn’t ended yet and is going on its 69th year so it should be somewhere towards the top. So according to this website, Akorra.com (click here for the list and details), here is the list:
10. Vietnam War (1956-1975 AD)
9. Second Northern War (“The Great Northern War) (1700-1721 AD)
8. Greco-Persian Wars (499-448 BC) (off and on throughout this period)
7. Achinese War (1873-1904 AD) (Possibly ended in 1898 but no consistent sources agree)
6. Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC)
5. War of the Roses (1455-1487 AD) (Some say it started in 1399 when Henry IV took the throne from Richard II in 1399 AD)
4. Thirty Years War (1618-1648 AD)
3. Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996 AD)
2. Punic Wars (264-146 BC) (Although, a formal peace treaty wasn’t signed until 1985 AD!)
1. Hundred Year’ War (1337-1453 AD)
What do you think? Were there any other wars that should be on the list?
Happy Factual Friday!