Jerònia Pons y Robin Pearson (eds.), Risk and the Insurance Business in History

Jerònia Pons y Robin Pearson (eds.) (2020), Risk and the Insurance Business in History, Madrid, Fundación Mapfre, 290 pp., ISBN: 978-84-9844-753-8.

En este libro se recogen una parte de las investigaciones  presentadas en el Congreso «The Risk and the Insurance Business in History», celebrado entre el 11 y 14 de junio de 2019, en Sevilla, organizado por la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.

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In June 2019 the first world congress on “Risk and the Insurance Business in History” was convened in Seville. The organisers believed that this field of history had finally reached a critical mass of scholars and experts who would benefit from participating in a large conference that could generate new intellectual synergies. The essays in this volume, selected from the contributions to this conference, are illustrative of some of the best new research in the field, the variety of its methodological approaches and its broad geographical scope. Two essays explore, respectively, the issues confronting British and US life insurers trying to underwrite lives in foreign and colonial contexts during the nineteenth century. Two case studies of Canada and Switzerland examine fire and casualty insurance and state regulation in the long nineteenth century. Other essays examine the long-run impact of regulation on insurance markets and insurance industry and regulator responses to modern financial crises in Spain, France, Sweden, South Africa and the United States.

Summary: List of Figures and Tables — Acknowledgements — Abstracts — List of Contributors — Chapter 1. Risk and the Insurance Business in History: An Introduction — Chapter 2. Taxing Journeys: British Life Insurance and the White Man’s Burden, 1840-1914 — Chapter 3. Agents, Regulations, and Scandals: US Life Insurance Companies in Late-Nineteenth-Century Latin America — Chapter 4. Risk in Fire Insurance Law as an Empowerment Tool for the State during the Construction of Colonial Canada — Chapter 5. Markets Created and Destroyed by the State: Casualty Insurance and the Experience of the Zurich Insurance Company 1850-1914 — Chapter 6. Insurance and Regulation Modes in France and Spain from the End of the Nineteenth Century until the End of World War Two — Chapter 7. Swedish Insurance Institutions and Efficiency 1920-1980 — Chapter 8. Regulatory Over-Reaction to the Global Financial Crisis: Insurance Regulation in South Africa — Chapter 9. Regulators and Valuation. Decoupling Insurance Assets from Market Pressure in Financial Crisis — Chapter 10. Bancassurance at the Heights: The Banesto-Luyefe Case (1879-1993) — Abbreviations of archive repositories – Bibliography — Index.


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