The concept of the First World
first originated during the Cold War
, when it was used to describe countries with whom the United States
was aligned. These countries were democratic
. Since its original definition, the term First World
has come to be largely synonymous with that of developed countries,
or highly developed countries
(depending on which definition is being used). In general, First World countries have very advanced economies and very high Human Development Indexes
. The United Nations
defines the First World on the basis of its wealth: its gross national product
(GNP). This being said, the definition of First World
is now less concrete than it was during the Cold War
Global dynamics between the First World and the rest of the world were essentially split into two. Relationships with the Second World were competitive, ideological and hostile. Relationships with Third World countries were normally positive in theory, while some were quite negative in practice (such as with the practice of proxy war). Present inter-world relationships are not so rigid, although there is a disparity in terms of the First World having more influence, wealth, information and advancements than the other worlds. Globalization is an increasingly important phenomenon which has been fueled largely by the First World and its connections with the other worlds. An example of globalization within the First World is the European Union which has brought much cooperation and integration to the region. Multinational corporations also provide examples of the First World's impact on globalization, as they have brought economic, political and social integration in many countries. With the rise of the multinational corporation, the problem of outsourcing has risen in many First World countries.
Two workers, c. 1908, use plaster to create a mold of a deceased person's face. This mold will then be used to make that person's death mask. Death masks may be mementos of the dead, used for creation of portraits, or placed on the face of the deceased before burial rites. The best known of the last are those used by Ancient Egyptians as part of the mummification process, such as the one for Tutankhamun.