The Napoleonic Wars were a series of conflicts between Napoleonic France and it's allies and their enemies led by Great Britain.
In the 18th century the French peasants were enraged with the Bourbon kings and the current king, Louis XIV, because of the insane taxes and lack of liberty. In 1783, an organized rebellion started with the Battle of Bastille, where the rebels took over the fortress before moving to the rest of France
During the Revolution the young artillery general Napoleon Bonaparte first made a name for himself in Tulon.
The revolution ended with the execution of the royal family.
The Revolutionary WarsEdit
Revolutionary France, although having won the revolution, was in a bad situation, with a poor army, bankrupt and with enemies at all sides. Though most of the troops were in the German Front, few troops had been sent in Italy under general Napoleon. Napoleon managed to reform the French Italian militia into a proper army and defeated the Austrians first at Lodi and then at Arcole, kicking Sardinia-Piedmont out of the war and liberating Italian states to join his cause. In Mantua he was forced to siege the fortress, which eventually fell. The final step in the Italian campaing was the republic of Venice, where Napoleon dissolved the medieval kingdom. With the French army in the gates of Vienna and with the Austrians stuck in Germany, Napoleon was acknowledged as a military genius by launching a surprise invasion an winning a war with an army of peasants
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