Three Worlds Theory

Discipline: Political Science

With the end of conventional European imperialism, there were three groups of states, or three worlds; the industrial, developed, capitalist world; the socialist world of Eastern Europe and China; and the third world of newly liberated and underdeveloped states.

The theory, which with the abdication of communist despotisms in Eastern Europe became out of date, was more generally criticized for oversimplification; and for being applicable only to states, not to peoples or to political movements.

Source:
Aijaz Ahmad, In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures (London, 1992)

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