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Open-Access Thesis

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Master of Arts (MA)




It is the purpose of this thesis to trace the development of risk bearing by insurance from the earliest times, to the period when the modern institution of insurance may fairly be said to have become established. The thesis will not cover in its scope the history of insurance, nor the history of any particular period, but will rather survey each period studied, searching for new developments of insurance theory, and consider particularly those contributions that represent distinct advances in development.

Contents: Preface; Pre-Grecian Contributions; Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome; Middle Ages and Renaissance; Period of Final Development, 1500-1720; Bibliography.

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