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History repeats itself This concept applies not only within the realm of a singular nations history but throughout and between nations That is to say that what one nation endures throughout its economic and political history may be compared to and be strikingly similar to that of many other nations As we analyze social change thought the world we have noticed a cyclical pattern of histories both economic and political in the countries of Spain Holland Britain and the United States I Historical Periodization Throughout history and during alternating time periods countries have grown from feeble entities defeated by or ruled by the governing structures of foreign nations to powerful nations Between the fifteenth and the sixteenth century SPAIN ruled as a great power among other nations Its empire began when in 1492 Spain financed Columbuss expeditions and explorations to conquer territory in the New World Once it held its new established territory Spain relied on the influx of gold and silver from the New World Spain was the first country to start an empire and consequently started a trend Once HOLLAND gained their independence from Spanish rule at the beginning of the seventeenth century it moved on to become a great power Holland had relied on seafaring and the economic success of Amsterdam until around 1620 By mid-century however they had used their technical sophistication and control of vital raw commodities to build successful industries and supported by Hollands bourgeois virtues trading preeminence and credit Dutch manufactures soon dominated a number of European markets BP 198 Holland remained in power until its decline began in the middle of the eighteenth century In 1750 the Dutch started losing European markets but continued as the number one market country in Europe The British moved in where the Dutch had been GREAT BRITAIN reached great heights in the middle of the eighteenth century Starting out as the home
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