1852 - 1870
Napoleon's Rise to Power:
Considering himself the rightful owner of the French thrown, Napoleon published a writing in order to get his name widely known. In this paper he explained why only an emperor could return France to glory. Napoleon attempted a coup that imitated Napoleon I's hundred days, but failed and was exiled. After the New Republic was established, Napoleon was allowed to return to France and eventually won a seat of power.
Napoleon saw Prussia as a threat to France's power, and declared war with them. This backfired, however, and allowed Germany to come to power. During the battle of Sedan, Napoleon was captured, ending his reign of power.