The real problem is that there's a ton of misinformation floating about. Our knowledge of the death toll was radically transformed by a series of studies published between 1977 and 1981, studies which opened up new realms of data for historians. Unfortunately, many non-academic writers don't know about this new evidence. They continue to use out-dated, sensational figures, rather than ones based on solid evidence.
The following pages will explain more about the death toll in various regions, and the reasons why popular estimates of the death toll are so much higher than scholars' estimates.
1. The Revolution of 1977-1981: why old estimates of the death toll are unreliable.
2. The Impact of the New Evidence: why recent estimates of the death toll are so much lower than old ones.
3. Current Scholarly Estimates of the Death Toll: by country.