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).

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Hegemony: Selected full-text books and articles

Hegemony: A Realist Analysis
Jonathan Joseph.
Routledge, 2002
Mastering Space: Hegemony, Territory and International Political Economy
John Agnew; Stuart Corbridge.
Routledge, 1995
Karl Barth: Against Hegemony
Timothy Gorringe.
Oxford University, 1999
After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy
Robert O. Keohane.
Princeton University Press, 1984
The Establishment of the European Hegemony, 1415-1715: Trade and Exploration in the Age of the Renaissance
J. H. Parry.
Harper & Row, 1961
Global America: Imposing Liberalism on a Recalcitrant World
David Mosler; Bob Catley.
Praeger, 2000
Guam's Trial of the Century: News, Hegemony, and Rumor in an American Colony
Peter DeBenedittis.
Praeger Publishers, 1993
Cultural Hegemony and African American Development
Clovis E. Semmes.
Praeger, 1992
The Church, Society, and Hegemony: A Critical Sociology of Religion in Latin America
Carlos Alberto Torres; Richard A. Young.
Praeger Publishers, 1992
Perspectives and Issues in International Political Economy
Chronis Polychroniou.
Praeger Publishers, 1992
Cities in the World-System: Studies in the Political Economy of the World-System
Reşat Kasaba; Immanuel Wallerstein.
Greenwood Press, 1991
An Introduction to the World-System Perspective
Thomas R. Shannon.
Westview Press, 1996 (2nd edition)
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