US FOREIGN RELATIONS SINCE 1900: A GLOBAL HISTORY
... Key Words: Third Word, WWII, USSR, NGO, NSA, Cold War, Korean War, Communist China, USA, U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1900
The word “Third World” surfaced in the awakening of the Cold War almost immediately after the end of WWII. Contrary to what most people believe, “Third” did not mean the lowest economy or economic status. “Third World” meant all the non-aligned nations. “First world” referred to USA and its allies, while “second world” referred to USSR and its allies (Ninkovich, 22). Generally, the concept of “Third World” emerged in the Cold War’s context. The phrase carried precise power and political connotations and embraced social marginalization, political powerlessness and econ...