The Battle Deaths Dataset

Led by Bethany Ann Lacina
Jan 2004 - May 2011

Overview 

This dataset includes statistics for all battle deaths (soldiers and civilians killed in combat) in state-based armed conflicts. The dataset is available for use with the Armed Conflict Dataset for the period 1946–2002 produced by Uppsala University and the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) (Eriksson, Wallensteen & Sollenberg, 2003; Gleditsch et al., 2002); with the Correlates of War Dataset (Sarkees, 2000) of wars in the period 1900–97; and the Fearon & Laitin (2003) dataset on civil conflict in the period 1945–99.

Please cite the data by referencing: 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. You can download the article directly from here.

Users should contact Bethany Lacina with comments and corrections.

An updated dataset with data  for the last three years is going to be released  on 15 September. The figure below is generated from the updated version.

BattleDeaths_1946-2005

 

Data Files 

If you are having problems opening any of the ZIP files, try saving them to your server or harddisk, and reopen.

For use with the Uppsala/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset (Eriksson, Wallensteen & Sollenberg, 2003; Gleditsch et al., 2002):
  • Table of Total Battle Deaths in Uppsala/PRIO Armed Conflicts
  • Uppsala/PRIO Conflict-Year Data File
  • Uppsala/PRIO Participant Data File
  • Download Zipped Excel (version 1.0)
For use with the Correlates of War Dataset (Sarkees, 2000):
  • Correlates of War Conflict Lists (Extra-, Inter-, and Intra-state War)
  • Correlates of War Conflict-Year Files (Extra-, Inter-, and Intra-state War)
  • Correlates of War Participant Files (Extra-, Inter-, and Intra-state War)
  • Download Zipped Excel (version 1.0)
For use with the Fearon & Laitin Civil Wars Dataset (Fearon & Laitin, 2001):

Documentation

References

Eriksson, Mikael; Peter Wallensteen & Margareta Sollenberg, 2003. ‘Armed Conflict, 1989–2002’, Journal of Peace Research 40(5): 593–607.  

Fearon, James D. & David D. Laitin, 2003. ‘Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War’, American Political Science Review 97(1): 75–90.

Gleditsch, Nils Petter; Peter Wallensteen, Mikael Eriksson, Margareta Sollenberg & Håvard Strand, 2002. ‘Armed Conflict 1946–2001: A New Dataset’, Journal of Peace Research 39(5): 615–637.

Sarkees, Meredith Reid, 2000. ‘The Correlates of War Data on War: An Update to 1997’, Conflict Management and Peace Science 18(1): 123–144.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Lacina, Bethany Ann; Nils Petter Gleditsch; & Bruce M. Russett (2006) The Declining Risk of Death in Battle, International Studies Quarterly 50(3): 673–680.
Lacina, Bethany Ann (2006) Explaining the Severity of Civil War, Journal of Conflict Resolution 50(2): 276–289.

Book Chapter

Lacina, Bethany Ann; & Nils Petter Gleditsch (2006) Monitoring Trends in Global Combat: A New Dataset of Battle Deaths, in Brunborg, Helge; Ewa Tabeau; & Henrik Urdal, eds, The Demography of Armed Conflict. Berlin: Springer (145–165).

Conference Paper

Gleditsch, Nils Petter 2009 Updating the Battle Deaths Dataset, presented at XXVI International Population Conference, , 27 September.

Projects