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Underwriters of the United States

Underwriters of the United States
how insurance shaped the American founding

  • ISBN: 9781469663630
  • Editorial: University Of North Carolina Press
  • Lugar de la edición: Chapel Hill. Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 24 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 335
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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Unassuming but formidable, American maritime insurers used their position at the pinnacle of global trade to shape the new nation. The international information they gathered and the capital they generated enabled them to play central roles in state building and economic development. During the Revolution, they helped the U.S. negotiate foreign loans, sell state debts, and establish a single national bank. Afterward, they increased their influence by lending money to the federal government and to its citizens. Even as federal and state governments began to encroach on their domain, maritime insurers adapted, preserving their autonomy and authority through extensive involvement in the formation of commercial law. Leveraging their claims to unmatched expertise, they operated free from government interference while simultaneously embedding themselves into the nation's institutional fabric. By the early nineteenth century, insurers were no longer just risk assessors. They were nation builders and market makers.

Deeply and imaginatively researched, Underwriters of the United States uses marine insurers to reveal a startlingly original story of risk, money, and power in the founding era.

1. Insure, Britannia! Marine Insurance and the Maritime Empire, 1622-1776 --
2. Underwriting a Revolution, 1776-1789 --
3. Forging "Golden Chains": The Constitutional Project of Chartering Insurance Companies, 1790-1800 --
4. Investing Capital and Inventing Value, 1800-1815 --
5. Market Readers, Market Makers: American Insurers at War, 1793-1815 --
6. Wooden Ships, Paper Capitals: The Rise and Fall of Jacob Barker, 1815-1826 7. State Making and Myth Making, 1820-1860 --


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