The map below shows the number of people killed in wars between 1945 and 2000: 51 million. Nearly a third of these deaths were Chinese. China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Vietnam suffered the most war deaths during this period.
In contrast, North America, Japan and Western Europe suffered very few war deaths. South America and Eastern Europe also suffered relatively few war deaths.
On the other hand, the map below illustrates time spent at war between 1945 and 2004.
Of interest is the large amount of time the United States and Europe spent at war yet the relatively low war-related death rate. In contrast, notice Africa’s high rate of war-related deaths even though it spent a relatively small time at war.