Through bold and decisive action, Napoleon rose quickly during the turmoil of the French Revolution. He became part of the ruling Consulate that resulted from a Paris coup and thereafter consolidated power, eventually having himself crowned emperor in 1804. For the next 11 years Europe suffered almost constant war. At its peak the French Empire stretched from Madrid to Moscow. An allied coalition completed the defeat of the French at Waterloo and forced Napoleon into a final exile. The French are conquerors and seek to expand. Perhaps not as dangerous as the Aztecs or Greeks, they are still a threat that must be watched.