10 Most violent Dictators Throughout History

Ismail Enver Pasha

Of the many leaders that have killed in the search for power, possibly Ismail Enver Pasha was one of the most bizarre. He was the leader of the Young Turk Revolution and became more dominant as he led the Ottoman Empire in World War I and the Balkan Wars. But notwithstanding his participation on the battlefield, he was still very poor at leading an army as he lost fight after fight. What’s even worse is that he exterminated over 1.5 million Armenians and over 1 million people of distinct races just to recompense for his shameful loss in Sarikamish.

Omar al-Bashir

As President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir was the leader that settled the end of the Sudanese Civil War by presenting into what the Sudan People’s Liberation Army was demanding. Although what he did was deemed fair and good, the agreement quickly led to wars in Darfur that professed the lives of about 400,000 people due to destruction and hunger.

Pol Pot

As the communist ruler of Cambodia, Pol Pot envisioned a country that would be balanced by any means. So he considered transferring city people to the farms and the farm people to the city. As presumed, he did not get the results he needed, so he then resorted to executing people and seizing them of their right to schooling, medication, and nutrition. He even killed about 2.5 million who were not supporting his ideals.

Yahya Khan

General Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan was very effective during the Second World War and became the third President of Pakistan. As suspected, he initiated martial law and ruthlessly led a war upon Eastern Pakistan. His methods gave millions dead.

Nicholas II

Anti-Semitic, impractical, and extremely violent, “Bloody Nicholas,” as he was seldom called, cost Russia 3 million lives.

Hideki Tojo

When he was elected to be general in the Imperial Japanese Army, Hideki Tojo was not satisfied with his situation, so he also considered the position of Prime Minister, Army Minister, Home Minister, Foreign Minister, Education Minister, and Commerce Minister…talk about a lot of duty. He also made links with the Nazis believing that he would grow to power beside Hitler. Due to his constant acts of striking other Asian countries, he was immediately liable for the deaths of over 5 million people.

Josef Stalin

Josef Stalin became the head of the Soviet Union after Lenin died in 1924 and began government plans that would make the country more lenient. His effort to move to the new economy, though, led to the deprivation of nearly 10 million people. With many scholars and activists not in support of his administration, Stalin also began the “Great Purge,” killing every person who denied him and his goals.

Leopold II

As a colonial leader of Belgium, Leopold II was recognized for significantly enslaving and annihilating nearly 15 million Congolese under the pretense of his Congo Free State. Other European powers awarded him the territory to enhance the lives of its inhabitants. Rather, he used them for his own personal profit and performed some of the wickedest offenses in history.

Adolf Hitler

To most people, Adolf Hitler does not need much of an introduction as he was known for being the chief of the Nazis – a German party that was accountable for the deaths of over 17 million people including 6 million Jews. After starting the entire world into the war as well as performing various war crimes, he absolutely earns a spot on this list.

Mao Zedong

Recognized for being one of the communist leaders of the Republic of China starting around World War II, Mao Zedong was a leader who thirsted for control. In his initial five years, he killed about 4 to 6 million people by indiscriminately punishing them to death. His plans also killed about 20 million, and on top of that, he had various enemies of the country killed.