List of bloodless wars

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A bloodless war is generally a small conflict, crisis, or dispute between rival groups that is resolved without human death or injury, although the threat of violence usually seems very likely at the time. (Intentional property damage may still occur.) Typically, these events are recorded in history as wars even though the term "war" generally implies violence. Therefore, the term "bloodless war" is somewhat of an oxymoron. Nevertheless, there have been many conflicts throughout history labeled as such.


The following is a list of bloodless wars:

The following wars are often labelled incorrectly as bloodless wars:

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General references[edit]

  • Gray, Ezio Maria (1917). The Bloodless War. Hodder and Stoughton. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  • Mandel, Robert (2004). Security, Strategy, and the Quest for Bloodless War. Lynne Rienner Publishers. ISBN 9781588262691. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  • Powers, Thomas (2004). Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda. New York Review of Books. p. Chapter 8. ISBN 9781590170984. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  • Krauthammer, Charles (1999). "The Short, Unhappy Life of Humanitarian War". The National Interest: 5–8. doi:10.2307/42897194. JSTOR 42897194.