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Third World
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[German Version]

I. Sociology, Social Ethics

Irving Louis Horowitz attributes the origin of the term “Third World” to D.W. Frantz Fanon, who introduced it into the international debate in 1960 with his book Les damnés de la terre, after the concept had already been known in the French-speaking world (tiers monde) – as a “third way” of non-alignment between Washington and Moscow (Worsley), later as a “third way between capitalism and socialism.” The attempt at non-al…

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Gern, Wolfgang, “Third World”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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