hegemony (hĬjĕm´ənē, hē–, hĕj´əmō´nē, hĕg´ə–), [Gr.,=leadership], dominance, originally of one Greek city-state over others, the term has been extended to refer to the dominance of one nation over others, and, following Gramsci, of one class over others. Conflict over hegemony fills history from the war between Athens and Sparta to the Napoleonic wars, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War. Gramsci's use of the concept extends it beyond international relations to class structure and even to culture.

See K. J. Holsti, The Dividing Discipline (1985).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Hegemony: Selected full-text books and articles

Hegemony: A Realist Analysis By Jonathan Joseph Routledge, 2002
Karl Barth: Against Hegemony By Timothy Gorringe Oxford University, 1999
An Introduction to the World-System Perspective By Thomas R. Shannon Westview Press, 1996 (2nd edition)
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