Who needs most personal space by country?

Researchers found that Argentinians were the most relaxed with strangers and set a limit of 76.5 cm before they felt uneasy. Romanians liked to keep the biggest gap, at 1.39 m.

Who needs most personal space by country

At an average distance of 99.4 cm, the UK was ranked 26th in a list of 42 countries whose citizens feel most ill at ease with strangers.

The study said cultural differences could be behind the differences – but other factors were at play.

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Nasa launches a free public library of 140,000 iconic images and recordings from space

140,000 iconic images and recordings from space

In the 59 years since it was first founded, Nasa has taken some of the most iconic videos and images of space.

Now, in a bid to make this media as accessible as possible, the space agency has launched its new image and video Library.

Members of the public can now search and download more than 140,000 images, videos and audio files, including stunning views of Mars, and the famous first steps on the moon in 1969.

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The Historical Evolution of World-Systems

The rise and decline of great powers remains a fascinating topic of vigorous debate. This book brings together leading scholars to explore the historical evolution of world systems through examining the ebb and flow of great powers over time, with particular emphasis on early time periods. The book advances understanding of the regularities in the dynamics of empire and the expansion of political, social and economic interaction networks, from the Bronze Age forward. The authors analyze the expansion and contraction of cross-cultural trade networks and systems of competing and allying political groupings. In premodern times, theses ranged from small local trading networks (even the very small ones of hunting-gathering peoples) to the vast Mongol world-system. Within such systems, there is usually one, or a very few, hegemonic powers. How they achieve dominance and how transitions lead to systems change are important topics, particularly at a time when the United States’ position is in flux. The chapters in this book review several recent approaches and present a wealth of new findings.

The Historical Evolution of World-Systems

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The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations

This book is about the global resurgence of culture and religion in international relations, and how these social changes are transforming our understanding of International Relation theory, and the key policy-related issue areas in world politics. It is evident in the on-going debates over the ‘root causes’ of 9/11 that there are many scholars, journalists and members of the public who still believe culture and religion can be explained away by appeals to more ‘basic’ economic, social or political forces in society. Therefore The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations presents an argument for taking culture – and particularly religion – as social forces that are important for understanding world politics in the post-Westphalian era.

The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations

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Terror and Civilization

Drury regards the political problems of the modern world to be thoroughly Biblical. In the politics of the Twenty-first century, we find two equally arrogant and self-righteous civilizations confronting one another. Each is convinced that it is on the side of God, truth and justice, while its enemy is allied with Satan, wickedness and barbarism. The language of diplomacy and compromise has been replaced by the language of jihad or the struggle against the cosmic forces of evil. Life is radicalized; and all choices are polarized. Politics properly understood is eclipsed. Drury urges us to transcend the Biblical view of the world. Instead, she argues in favour of a genuinely liberal, secular and pluralistic understanding of politics.

Terror and Civilization

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Teaching Transformation

Drawing on indigenous belief systems and recent work in critical ‘race’ studies and multicultural-feminist theory, Keating provides detailed step-by-step suggestions, based on her own teaching experiences, designed to anticipate and change students’ resistance to social-justice issues. It offers a holistic approach to theory and practice.

Teaching Transformation

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Stray Dog of Anime

Stray Dog of Anime' is the first book to examine the work of Mamoru Oshii. Ruh pays special attention to Oshii's personal style and symbolism, and to his pursuit of his cinematic vision through animated films.

Stray Dog of Anime

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