Napoleon quickly rose in the ranks of military during the french revolution and gained political power after a coup d’état in 1799 and made himself emperor in 1804. He united France under his rule and waged war across many countries.
The Meeting of the Estates General
May 5, 1789
Assembly composed of all 3 estates, Clergy, Nobility and Commoners to address the issues of France's financial problems called by Louis XVI. This would lead to the commoners wanted to strike against the nobility and clergy, known as the French Revolution.
The Tennis Court Oath
June 20, 1789
The French third estate took a vow known as the Tennis Court Oath which states "not to separate and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established" this helped mark the first step towards an organized revolution.
The Storming of the Bastille
July 14, 1789
A violent siege led by the French people on the fortress Bastille to secure ammunition and weapons to help fund the revolution's efforts. Was the start and first attack of the French Revolution.
The Reign of Terror
Sep 5, 1793 - Jul 28, 1794
A period of the French Revolution led by their leader, Maximillien Robespierre, where they killed and publicly executed those who did not support the revolution. The protestors eventually overthrown and executed their leader Robespierre.
Napoleon's Empire Collapses
Even after Napoleon conquered most of Europe, he eventually gave up his throne and surrendered for which he went into exile afterwards.
The Congress of Vienna
November 1814 - June 1815
After the collapse of the Napoleon Empire, this europeon conference was ordered to find a way to balance the European powers to prevent wars and create peace.