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Risks at Sea: Amsterdam Insurance and Maritime Europe, by Frank C. Spooner

By Frank C. Spooner

This booklet locations the marine assurance enterprise of Amsterdam within the wider context of the political economic system of Europe through the moment half the eighteenth century. The research is predicated at the simultaneous quotations of rates for the twenty-two teams of locations which shaped a big a part of the commerical matrix of the Netherlands. It considers the operation of the industry at degrees. at the one hand, the supply of assurance replied to hazard uncertainties available in the market: within the 1760s and 1770s, Amsterdam skilled 3 severe unheavals, within the type of the monetary crises of 1763 and 1772-73 and the hostilities resulting in American independence and the Fourth Anglo-Dutch battle. nonetheless, underwriters permitted hazards in occasions of structural uncertainty. The e-book is absolutely illustrated with graphs and maps and makes use of quite a lot of unique records drawn from records and libraries in Europe. An appendix offers the fundamental info of rates quoted within the price-lists of the industry.

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A. Broeze - and the data for 1836 are convincing - the situation in the early nineteenth century was clear. 90 This was for marine underwriting; but it should not obscure the development of insurance business over a wide range. 91 MARINE INSURANCE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH The performance of the insurance market belonged to the general activity and development of Amsterdam as a commercial and financial centre. Inevitably, this raised the difficult but still unresolved problem of the economic growth and stagnation of The Netherlands.

Further, the institutions of Amsterdam could not remain oblivious to change. Systems established in the early seventeenth century often did not accord with needs and performances in the late eighteenth. The tribulations of the older staples came to the surface in growing friction between staid organisations - companies, guilds, corporations, accredited brokers - and the swelling numbers of private, free-lance dealers. The growing importance of the commission trade in Amsterdam imposed a silent, profound re-orientation in the level and efficiency of the market.

British Parliamentary Papers, Report of the Parliamentary Committee, 1810 (226), IV, pp. 253, 316. 21 Risks at Sea day-to-day basis. The market did not always 'clear' according to the classic formula; rather there were imperfections and these in time of crisis carried weight. Further, the institutions of Amsterdam could not remain oblivious to change. Systems established in the early seventeenth century often did not accord with needs and performances in the late eighteenth. The tribulations of the older staples came to the surface in growing friction between staid organisations - companies, guilds, corporations, accredited brokers - and the swelling numbers of private, free-lance dealers.

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