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The subjects of Third World studies, the oppressed masses, are the peoples of the Third World: Africa, Asia (and Oceania), and Latin America (and the Caribbean). That spatial designation is not a national but a regional demarcation and is the area of the world colonized by Europe for some four hundred years. The anticolonial, antiracist movements of the twentieth century changed the course of world history, and Third World studies is an aspect of that global revolution.

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