The History of The First Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the greatest military commanders in French history and also one of the most controversial leaders in history. Napoleon's rise to power culminated in his coronation as the Emperor of France in 1804 and he led many successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars ruling from 1804 until 1814. The rest of his reign consisted of years of wars across Europe against coalitions, and the defeat of Waterloo led to his abdication in 1815. He lived the rest of his life in exile on the remote island of Saint Helena.