Vocabulary: hegemony


Title: Carnage and Cultrue
Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Sentence: The critical point about firearms and explosives is not that they suddenly gave Western armies hegemony, but that such weapons were produced in quality and great numbers in Western rather than in non-European countries—a fact that is ultimately explained by a long=standing Western cultural stance toward rationalism, free inquiry, and the dissemination of knowledge that has its roots in classical antiquity and not specific to any particular period of European history.
Page: 19

Word: hegemony
Definition:
  • preponderant influence or authority over others : domination
  • the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
   Source: Merriam-Webster Online

I had an idea of the word’s meaning from reading Orson Scott Card’s “Ender” series but would not have bet too much money that I was correct on the exact definition.

2 Responses to “Vocabulary: hegemony”

  1. Surprised you didn’t learn that one from the Ender books already. ;)

  2. And I just saw that you already mentioned that. That’ll teach me to actually read instead of rushing to make snarky comments!

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