[lit-ideas] Re: third world

Thank you!  Now I have to google Third Estate.....
 
Julie Krueger
feeling intensely ignorant
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Third World
This political term is  originally French. Tiers Monde was coined in 1955 by 
French demographer Alfred  Sauvy and first used in print the following year by 
G. Balandier. The English is  a literal translation, or calque, of the French.
Sauvy used the archaic tiers  instead of the modern troisième as a parallel 
construction to the Tiers État, or  Third Estate. The term quickly entered 
English soon after its coining.
The  First World is the industrialized West, the Second World are the 
Communist  nations of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and the Third World 
are 
all the  rest.
(Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition)



Friday,  November 5, 2004, 1:57:19 PM, JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx wrote:

Jac> Stupid  question.  When and how did the phrase "third world country"   
come
Jac> into being?  My daughter wanted a definition and I found  myself  
suddenly struck
Jac> dumb.  There are no "first world  countries" or "second  world 
countries".  ???

Jac> Julie  Krueger
Jac> thanking God for Friday

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