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Michael I of Romania

Michael I was twice the king of Romania; first, as a young child after his father eloped and renounced the role, and second as a young adult as the country allied with Nazi Germany. Although deposed by the Soviets in 1947 in the place of the new Communist dictatorship, King Michael played an instrumental role in the convoluted politics of Eastern Europe during the Second World War. In particular, he helped to orchestrate a coup of the German-backed dictator of…

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