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Table of Contents

Walter B. Kielholz: Preface: The Value of Reinsurance
Harold James: Introduction: The Insuring Instinct
Part I: Global Insurance NetworksPeter Borscheid:
1: The Early Years
2: Expansion
3: Backlash
4: Division
5: Times of Crisis
Part II: Cooperation and Competition Organization and Risks in the Reinsurance Business, 1860 - 2010David Gugerli:
6: Introduction
7: Reinsurance Comes into its Own 1860-1960
8: Structural Problems and Diagnostic Diversity 1960-1980
9: The Global Market and Liberalisation 1980-2010
10: Conclusion
Part III: The Invisible Giant The Story of Swiss Re, 1863-2013Tobias Straumann:
11: Introduction
12: Establishment
13: Crash and Salvation
14: Crossing The Pond
15: Reaching the Top
16: On the Precipice
17: Aversion and Adaptation
18: World War II
19: Growth and Cultural Change
20: The Big Restructuring

About the Author

Harold James is Professor of History and International Affairs in the Princeton University, and studies economic and financial history and modern European history. His books include The End of Globalization (2001); Family Capitalism: Wendels, Haniels and Falcks (2006); The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle (2009); and Making the European Monetary Union (2012). In 2004 he was awarded the Helmut Schmidt
Prize for Economic History, and in 2005 the Ludwig Erhard Prize for writing about economics. He is also Marie Curie Visiting Professor at the European University Institute, and writes regularly for Project Syndicate.
Peter Borscheid is Professor Emeritus of Economic and Social History at the University of Marburg. He has published numerous monographs on the history of science and technology, the history of the textile industry, the standard of living, the history of old age and old-age pension, the cultural history of acceleration. He led several projects and international working groups on insurance history. He also served as a member of the German government commission "The situation of the older
generation in the Federal Republic of Germany". He is co-editor of World Insurance (2011, OUP).
David Gugerli is a Professor of History at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. His main interest is in the history of technology and science, social and economic history and cultural history. His recent publications include Transforming the Future - ETH Zurich and the Construction of Modern Switzerland 1855-2005 (2010) and The World as a Database: On the Relation of Software Development (2012). He
is the editor of Interferenzen. Studien zur Kulturgeschichte der Technik (18 volumes) 1999-present.
Tobias Straumann is Lecturer in the History Department of the University of Zurich and the Economics Department of the University of Basel. He studied at the Universities of Bielefeld and Zurich and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. After a career in economic journalism, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and lecturer at the University of Lausanne. Dr. Straumann has worked in the fields of Swiss business history and European financial
and monetary history. He has published articles in the Journal of Contemporary History, the European Review of Economic History, and the Historische Zeitschrift. His latest book is Fixed Ideas: Small
States and Exchange Rate Regimes in Twentieth-Century Europe (Cambridge University Press).

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