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What are the casualty statistics - civilian and military - for each war of the 20th century?... I've heard that WWI was the last war in which the military suffered more casualties than the civilian population. Is this true?

Your hunch is right!

Wars have become more deadly for civilians as the 20th century progresses. Here are the numbers......

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Name of War
Percentage of Civilian Deaths
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World War I:
14%
World War II:
67%
Wars of the 1980's:
75%
Wars of the 1990's:
90%

To learn more about this, take a look at:

WAR AND PUBLIC HEALTH
edited by Barry S. Levy and Victor Sidel
New York: Oxford University Press, 1997

The entire book is well worth a read.

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