Third World

By analogy with the ‘third estate’ in the French Revolution, a group of states independent of the two main camps in the Cold War. The term was originally used in the late 1940s to denote a potentially neutral bloc in Europe, but from the early 1960s referred to countries of the developing world, as distinct from the ‘first’ (developed) capitalist and ‘second’ (communist) worlds.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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