VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIALS: INFO
Number of records: 105
Number of wars: 48 (of 156 since 1945)
Number of names: 348,522
Estimated death toll: 22,518,938
Percent of est. death toll: 1.5%
WHY ONLY INCLUDE LISTINGS FROM 1945?
Those killed in the First and Second World Wars have not been included here. WWI and II were such disastrous events in the history of mankind that insitutions, like the United Nations and the Geneva Conventions, were set up to prevent such bloodbaths in the future. The Second World War constituted a distinct and terrifying mark on the timeline of the history of mankind and is therefore one (of many) logical starting points for this project. WWII has also been touroughly documented. This project aims instead to remember those that were killed all over the world despite the existence of the protective measures, institutions and security policies that emerged in the late 1940's.
WHY ARE NOT MINOR CONFLICTS INCLUDED?
This site uses the definition of war that is used by World-leading institutions in the field of conflict research, such as The Department of Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala and the Peace Research Institute in Oslo. According to the former an armed conflict is defined as: "...a contested incompatibility that concerns government and/or territory where the use of armed force between two parties, of which at least one is the government of a state, results in at least 25 battle-related deaths in one calendar year". War is defined by the same institutions as an armed conflict with at least 1000 battle-related deaths per year. These are included in the database. See sources for more info. It should also be noted that battle-related deaths include civilians killed in crossfire and as a result of bombings but not excess deaths which includes victims of war-related famine or diseases.
HAVE YOU EXCLUDED SPECIFIC SITES?
We only exclude sites when we are not sure if they are overlapping with other sources, if they are displaying unlawful content according to Swedish law or if they are in a language that we cannot get translated at the moment. We appreciate any help to locate virtual war memorials that we may not be aware of at this time.
If you have information about available resources - internet sites or publicly available documents - that may be of interest for this project you are warmly welcome to contact me. Please read more about contributions here.