Longest lasting wars

The Peace of Münster was signed on 15 May 1648. The Republic of the Seven United Netherlands made peace with Spain to end the Eighty Years’ War. A list of the longest lasting wars.

The Hundred Years War (1337 -1453)

Longest Lasting Wars

The Hundred Years War between England and France technically lasted 116 years, but was interrupted by several periods of peace.

The Punic Wars (264 – 146 BC)

The Punic Wars

In the Punic Wars, the city-state of Carthage (located on the coast of present-day Tunisia) and the Roman Republic fought each other for 82 years to gain influence over the western Mediterranean.

The Eighty Years’ War (1568 – 1648)

Longest Lasting Wars

Empire against great: the Netherlands against the Spanish Empire. Ultimately, the Eighty Years’ War dragged on for eighty years . During the war, the Northern Netherlands and the Southern Netherlands fell apart, mainly because the Protestant Reformation in the north took hold. That is why the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands was founded in 1588.

The Guatemalan Civil War (1960 – 1996)

Longest Lasting Wars

During the thirty-six-year Guatemalan Civil War, guerrillas fought against the authoritarian military regime in the Central American country of Guatemala.

The Thirty Years’ War (1618 – 1648)

The Thirty Years' War (1618 - 1648)

Most European powers were involved in the Thirty Years’ War. The feud between Spain and Austria started as a religious war and eventually the Holy Roman Empire fights against alternating coalitions of Protestant states.

The Wars of the Roses (1455 – 1485)

The Wars of the Roses

The War of the Roses was a war for the throne of England that raged between the houses of Lancaster and York. The Lancastrians win in the end.

The Peloponnesian War (432 – 404 BC)

The Peloponnesian War

The Peloponnesian War was between the city-states of Athens and Sparta. Both superpowers strived for military and economic supremacy in the Greek world. Unfortunately, both came out of the battle so weakened that the former greatness never returned.

The Netherlands and England were often at war

In addition to waging war for a long time, you can also wage war often. That is what the Netherlands did to England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries over trade routes. They fought four major naval battles and many small ones.