Compare and contrast the roles played by Danton and Robespierre repectively during the Terror.

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Like Robespierre, Danton served as a member of the Committee of Public Safety during the Terror. Both men had become radicalized during the course of the Revolution, and emerged as prominent members of the Montagnards, advocates for a republic and for the elimination of King Louis XVI. Unlike Robespierre, Danton argued during the worst moments of the war against Austria and other European powers that France should negotiate peace terms with their enemies. This earned the distrust of the Jacobins, who were led by Robespierre, the head of the Committee of Public Safety who ruled with almost dictatorial powers during the Terror. With events on the battlefield turning in France's favor, and counterrevolutionary movements like the Vendee revolts crushed, Robespierre argued that Danton was a reactionary, and he was condemned and executed in the spring of 1794. In short, while both men were active participants in the Terror, Danton became more moderate as events unfolded, and Robespierre became more radical.

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