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World Insurance: The Evolution of a Global Risk Network

Peter Borscheid and Niels Viggo Haueter


Since the end of the eighteenth century, the insurance industry has cast a safety net around the world, first in the British Isles and then further afield, irrespective of cultural, political, and ideological divides. This book focuses on the creation of networks across borders from the end of the eighteenth century to the present day. The chapters draw upon examples from twenty countries across the continents to demonstrate how what was called the ‘British system’ of risk management spread out in waves, and describes the forces that made this possible — first among them migration from Europe ... More

Keywords: insurance industry, insurance history, British system, risk management, religious law, traditional practices, protectionism, inflation, political ideology, risk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Borscheid, editor
Professor Emeritus of Economic and Social History at the Philipps-University of Marburg

Niels Viggo Haueter, editor
Corporate History, Swiss Re

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Peter Borscheid

Part I Europe

Chapter 2 Europe: Overview

Peter Borscheid

Part II North America

Chapter 11 Canada: Taking Life Insurance Abroad

James Darroch and Matthias Kipping

Part III Sub-Saharan Africa

Part IV Middle East and Northern Africa

Part V Far East and Pacific

Chapter 20 China: The Indigenization of Insurance

David Faure and Elisabeth Köll

Part VI Latin America and Caribbean

Chapter 25 Brazil: The Resilience of the Brazilian Insurance Market

Marcelo de Paiva Abreu and Felipe Tâmega Fernandes