The Battle Deaths Dataset version 3.0

Version 3.0 Released October 2009


PRIO Battle Deaths Dataset 3.0 (xls)
Documentation of Coding Decisions for use with UCDP/PRIO Data (pdf)
Codebook for use with Battle Deaths Dataset Version 3.0 (pdf)

This is an update of the Battle Deaths Dataset (v.1.0 and v.2.0) first published in 2005 and updated in 2006.

The dataset is compatible with the UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset (Gleditsch et al., 2002; Harbom & Wallensteen, 2009) for the period 1946–2008. Version 2.0 is compatible with the Correlates of War Dataset (Sarkees, 2000) for the period 1900–97; and the Fearon & Laitin (2003) dataset on civil conflict in the period 1945–99. Since the Correlates of War and Fearon & Laitin datasets have not been updated, we refer to Version 2.0 for data and documentation relating to these two datasets.

Users should contact with any comments or corrections. We will try to reply to your e-mail as soon as it is received, but all e-mails will be collected in a special account and reviewed when we next update; probably in 2011. Suggestions for new and improved sources of battle death information are welcome. Version 3.0 of dataset does not include a list of battle deaths by participants. Users in need of such data should consult Version 1.0.

Please continue to cite the data by referring to the original data article: Lacina, Bethany & Nils Petter Gleditsch, 2005. ‘Monitoring Trends in Global Combat: A New Dataset of Battle Deaths’, European Journal of Population 21(2–3): 145–166. The article is available for download here.

Users should contact with comments and corrections.