hegemony hĭjĕm´ənē, hē–, hĕj´əmō˝nē, hĕg´ə– [key], [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.
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See K. J. Holsti, The Dividing Discipline (1985).
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