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Fire insurance
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Fire insurance is a category of physical damage insurance. It covers damage to immovable and movable property by fire, although the first fire insurance in the 17th century was confined to insuring immovables. Two fundamental forms of fire insurance are distinguished, one organized according to cooperative or mutual principles, the other according to commercial principles. Fire insurance schemes p…

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Meyer, Torsten, “Fire insurance”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017760>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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