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07 Jul 2017




Insuring the Industrial Revolution: Fire Insurance in Great Britain, 1700–1850 (Modern Economic and Social History)

by Robin Pearson


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Fire had always been one of the greatest threats to an early modern British society that relied on the naked flame as the prime source of heating, lighting and cooking. Yet whilst the danger of fire had always been taken seriously, it was not until the start of the eighteenth century that a sophisticated system of insurance became widely...