PRIO Battledeaths Dataset

A dataset on battle deaths (number of soldiers and civilians killed in combat) in state-based armed conflicts for the period 1946–2008.

This project has generated a dataset on battle deaths (number of soldiers and civilians killed in combat) in state-based armed conflicts for the period 1946–2008. The dataset is compatible with the UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset for the period 1946–2008. 

A longer time series (1900-1997) compatible with the Correlates of War database was included in the first version (v1) of the Battle Deaths Dataset, available from the downloads section. 

For academic exchanges on the PRIO data, see the following articles and rebuttals:

There are no plans to update the PRIO battle deaths dataset beyond 2008. The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) maintains a similar dataset from 1989, which is updated annually. For this dataset in different formats, as well as a codebook, go here and look for UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset. While the definitions are very similar, the coding practices may differ somewhat, and we generally recommend users of the two datasets to point out that these are two different, although closely related, datasets.

Contact

Users may contact battledeaths@prio.org with comments or corrections. The dataset will not be updated beyond 2008, but we will try to correct errors in the existing set.

Technical Details

Current version: 3.1

Updated: 30 Jan 2017

Range: 1900 - 2008

Units: Inactive

Coverage: Global

Formats: Excel

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