During the revolution in France, one general in particular began to outshine all the others. This general was a 26-year-old by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Napoleon’s skillful leadership helped to crush rebellions within France and also greatly expand the territories of France, including a surprising victory over the more powerful Austrian army.
In October 1799, Napoleon returned to Paris after having been in Egypt with his armies to take part in a coup d’ etat, or an overthrow of the government.
In 1804, Napoleon named himself as emperor of France and had himself anointed as such by the Pope.