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Meditations on Insurance and Society 3: The Beneficial Selfishness of Strangers

Published on 14 August 2023

Welcome to Insurance Covered summer special miniseries Meditations on Insurance and Society.

Welcome to Insurance Covered summer special mini series Meditations on Insurance and Society.  

Normally on this podcast Peter is joined by a guest to discuss an aspect of the wonderful world of insurance. But, this August, we are doing something different. Instead of our normal fortnightly podcast, we are releasing an 8 episode mini series focusing on the role that insurance has played throughout history in shaping society. They will incorporate a bit of history, a bit of philosophy, some psychology, a lot of insurance and… who knows what else.

In part three we look at:

  • The first evidence of a modern insurance policy.
  • The merchant-insurer trade in 14th century Italy.
  • The opening of the first insurance companies.
  • How Antwerp became the first major insurance hub.
  • How London became the insurance capital.
  • The opening of Edward Lloyd's coffee shop.
  • The rise of fire insurance, a response to the 1666, Great Fire of London.

We hope you enjoy the first of our summer special series and will follow along with new episodes releasing every Monday and Thursday throughout August.

Regular episodes will resume in September. 

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