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A hyperpower is a state that is militarily, economically and technologically dominant on the world stage. In a modern context, it is used to describe the United States.[1][2][3][4] Previous examples of hyperpowers include the British Empire,[5][6][7], Imperial China[8][9], the Mongol Empire,[10] and the Roman Empire.[11][12][13] [14] In academic international relations literature, the term hegemony is much more common.



After the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, some political commentators felt that a new term was needed to describe the United States' position as the lone superpower. Ben Wattenberg coined the term "omnipower" in 1990 and Peregrine Worsthorne used the term "hyper-power" on June 8, 1991. French Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine popularized the term "hyperpower" in his various criticisms of the United States beginning in 1998.[15]

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