Born on the island of Corsica, Napoleon rapidly rose through the ranks of the military during the French Revolution (1789-1799). After seizing political power in France in a 1799 coup d'état, he crowned himself emperor in 1804.
The meeting of the Estates General
may 5 1789 - july 17 1789
The First Estate was the clergy, the Second Estate the nobility, and the Third Estate effectively the rest of French society. On May 5, 1789, Louis XVI convened the Estates-General.
the tennis court oath
June 20th, 1789 - June 23rd, 1789
The Tennis Court Oath was a pledge that was signed in the early days of the French Revolution and was an important revolutionary act that displayed the belief that political authority came from the nation's people and not from the monarchy.
the storming of the Bastille
July 14 1789 - july 14 1789
The main reason why the rebel Parisians stormed the Bastille was not to free any prisoners but to get ammunition and arms. At the time, over 30,000 pounds of gunpowder was stored at the Bastille. But to them, it was also a symbol of the monarchy's tyranny.
the reign of terror
Sep 5, 1793 - Jul 28, 1794
Reign of Terror lasted from September 1793 until the fall of Robespierre in 1794. Its purpose was to purge France of enemies of the Revolution and protect the country from foreign invaders.
napoleons empire collapses
1804 - june 18, 1815
Napoleon's army was destroyed, and other countries saw this weakness in the empire an joined Great Britain to destroyed it and at the end the empire collapses. Louis XVIII came to throne. One of Napoleon's ridiculous mistakes was to invade Russia in 1812.
the congress of Vienna
November, 1814 - June, 1815
The Congress of Vienna was held from September of 1814 to June of 1815. After the downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte, this international conference was called to create a balance among the European powers in such a way so as to prevent future wars and maintain peace and stability on the European continent.