A hyperpower is a "state that dominates all other states in every domain (i.e. military, culture, economy) and is considered to be a step higher than a "superpower. The term often refers to the "United States of America due to its status as the world's only current superpower; however, its possible status above that remains a topic of dispute.
The British journalist "Peregrine Worsthorne coined the term in a "Sunday Telegraph article published March 3, 1991. After the end of the "Cold War with the "Soviet Union, some political commentators felt that a new term was needed to describe the United States' position ("Pax Americana) as the lone superpower. French foreign minister "Hubert Védrine popularized the term in 1998, because from France's position, the United States looked like a hyperpower, although the validity of classifying the United States in this way was disputed.
The term has also been applied retroactively to dominant states of the past. In her book "Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall, American professor "Amy Chua suggests that the "Achaemenid Empire, the "Tang dynasty, the "Roman Empire, the "Mongol Empire, the "Ottoman Empire, and the "British Empire were successful examples of historical "hegemons; the "Spanish Monarchy, "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, and "Third Reich were counters; and she reflects on assertions that the United States is a modern hyperpower. In a historical context, it is usually understood to mean a power that greatly exceeds any others in its political environment along several axes; Rome did not dominate "Ancient India or "China, but did dominate the entire Mediterranean area militarily, culturally, and economically.
Now though, some people, in whose opinion the term "superpower" does not denote the actual dominance of the USA incisively enough, use the term "hyperpower".
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