Napoleon’s rise to power came amid the war of the second coalition (1799-1802).
Napoleon gained fame and power through his successful military campaigns and his willingness to use military force to control the revolutionary forces within France. Military victories were the key to Napoleon’s success.
1799 – 1815 a series of short wars are fought. There is one year of peace (1802). The allies do not fight together until 1813. At times Napoleon seems unstoppable.