And here comes Dukcky's second ads whooping courtesy of Kevrob.
Post by Kevrob
That's not quite right. Sweden and Switzerland were not
"third world," and they were/are neutral.
First World were developed countries.
Second World were countries not yet fully industrialized,
but attempting to do so on the Soviet model: USSR, Warsaw
Parts of the Second World were ex-First World, economically
such as East Germany, due to having to recover from WWII.
West Germany was able due rebuild to the post-war economic
policiesm + Marshall Plan aid. Great swaths of the Communist
bloc(s) had third world levels of development - rural USSR and
Rural China, frex.
Third World was not coterminous with the non-aligned movement,
but there was plenty of overlap. Another way to designate them,
still used, was "the developing world."
Later, "Fourth World"* has been used for the Least Developed
A leader of the non-aligned movement, like India, was arguably
"Third World" and developing, but it has developed a hell of
a lot since those terms were introduced.
Some countries lumped with the "First World" didn't seem
to fit; Spain under Franco lagged the rest of Western Europe
economically, as well as lacking democratic institutions and
civil liberties. Spain was a NATO member, though.
Economically, there's still a "Third World," even if we use
different terminology for it.
Even the US gets accused of "Third World" levels of development in some
of our rural counties, such as the reservations where tribal people
live, and some of our city centers.
* Not to be confused with stories by Jack Kirby featuring
New Genesis and Apokolips.