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Did Hegel or Marx give any examples? Can anyone give a couple of instances?

I can find no event repeating itself twice, just one drive, lust of power

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    Depending on what you believe, some people would say the American Republican party is repeating the lead-up to Nazi-ism, and other people would say the American Democrat party is repeating the lead-up to the fall of the Roman Empire... – user253751 Nov 13 '19 at 13:08
  • And some of us non-Americans can see both happening. – Ray Butterworth Nov 13 '19 at 14:05
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Are you referring only to the well-know Marx's quote into The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1851-52) regarding Hegel, or are you considering Hegel's philosophy of history in general ?

Hegel's philosophy of history is perhaps the most fully developed philosophical theory of history that attempts to discover meaning or direction in history. [...] He constructs specific moments as “world-historical” events that were in the process of bringing about the final, full stage of history and human freedom. For example, Napoleon's conquest of much of Europe is portrayed as a world-historical event doing history's work by establishing the terms of the rational bureaucratic state.

Thus, Hegel's view of history has no "recurrence".

Marx comment is about Hegel's Lectures on the Philosophy of History (1837), Part III : The Roman World, Section II: Rome from the Second Punic War to the Emperors, regarding Caesar :

But it became immediately manifest that only a single will could guide the Roman State, and now the Romans were compelled to adopt that opinion; since in all periods of the world a political revolution is sanctioned in men’s opinions, when it repeats itself. Thus Napoleon was twice defeated, and the Bourbons twice expelled. By repetition that which at first appeared merely a matter of chance and contingency becomes a real and ratified existence [emphasis added].

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