What are First, Second, and Third World Countries?

A first world nation was originally defined as a nation that has a complex capitalist economy and has become completely industrialized. However, first world nations are now characterized by their advanced economies, influence on national affairs, high standards of living, as well as their advanced technology. A second world nation was originally any nation that sided with the Soviet states. Now the term second world nation has lost any use. Either the economy and government of a country classify it as a first or third world country. A third world country was originally defined as the countries who did not take sides in any of the world wars, or the cold war. It has now come to mean a country who’s government or economy has not developed enough to be called a first world nation.

Globalization: First, Second, and Third World Nations


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