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The Value of Risk: Swiss Re and the History of Reinsurance

Harold James, Peter Borscheid, David Gugerli, and Tobias Straumann

Abstract

This book provides an overview of how today’s reinsurance industry developed. Until recently, reinsurers were only known to a small minority outside the community. Major disasters, especially those caused by natural catastrophes, have moved the industry into the spotlight. Yet, what is perceived today by a wider public still only represents a fraction of the industry, and the mechanisms of reinsurance to deal with global risk exposure are virtually unknown. This book for the first time investigates the role of reinsurers in a changing risk, economic, and market environment. The editor, Harold ... More

Keywords: Reinsurance, Swiss Re, insurance, risk, business history, financial services, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689804
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689804.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold James, editor
Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies; Professor of History and International Affairs; Director, Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, University of Princeton

Peter Borscheid, author
Professor Emeritus of Economic and Social History, Philipps-University of Marburg

David Gugerli, author
Professor for the History of Technology, Institute for History, ETH Zurich

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Part I Global Insurance Networks

PETER BORSCHEID

Chapter 1 The Early Years

Harold James, Peter Borscheid, David Gugerli, and Tobias Straumann

Chapter 2 Expansion

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Chapter 3 Backlash

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Chapter 4 Division

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Chapter 5 Times of Crisis

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Part II Cooperation and Competition: Organization and risks in the reinsurance business 1860–2010

DAVID GUGERLI

Chapter 6 Introduction

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Chapter 7 Reinsurance Comes Into its Own 1860–1960

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Chapter 8 Structural Problems and Diagnostic Diversity 1960–1980

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Chapter 9 The Global Market and Liberalization 1980–2010

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Chapter 10 Conclusion

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Part III The Invisible Giant: The Story of Swiss Re 1863–2013

TOBIAS STRAUMANN

Chapter 11 Introduction

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Chapter 12 Establishment

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Chapter 13 Crash and Salvation

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Chapter 14 Crossing ‘The Pond’

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Chapter 15 Reaching the Top

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Chapter 16 On the Precipice

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Chapter 17 Aversion and Adaptation

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Chapter 18 Second World War

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Chapter 19 Growth and Cultural Change

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Chapter 20 The Big Restructuring

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