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Water, Earthquake, and Fire

Robert W. Righter

in The Battle Over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195149470
eISBN:
9780199788934
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149470.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Two leaders emerged as San Francisco pursued the valley: Mayor James Phelan and naturalist John Muir. Both were determined and led strong constituencies, and each held competing views of the meaning ... More


War and Empire: The Whole Dark Butchery Without a Soul

Cecelia Tichi

in Jack London: A Writer's Fight for a Better America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469622668
eISBN:
9781469625065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622668.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses Jack London's views about war and imperialism. In February 1906, London and his wife Charmian were preparing for worldwide sailing adventures to begin next autumn. To London ... More


A Land of “Well-tilled Little Farms”: Land-Grant Development

Richard J. Orsi

in Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520200197
eISBN:
9780520940864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520200197.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter takes a look at the development of the land grants in California and the western regions. It first studies the status of the early land sales of the Southern Pacific Company, before ... More


The Expansible Nation-State

Elisabeth S. Clemens

in Civic Gifts: Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226559360
eISBN:
9780226670973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226670973.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

Over the first decades of the twentieth century, this model of urban governance was harnessed to unprecedented crises, both local and international. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake inspired a ... More


Natural Catastrophes and their Effects on Reinsurance

Welf Werner

in Managing Risk in Reinsurance: From City Fires to Global Warming

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198754916
eISBN:
9780191816406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754916.003.0010
Subject:
Business and Management, Finance, Accounting, and Banking, International Business

In this chapter, Welf Werner examines the growing attention that natural catastrophes have attracted in recent times. He compares the increase in scientific interest in the matter to the still modest ... More


Reinsurance Comes Into its Own 1860–1960

Harold James, Peter Borscheid, David Gugerli, and Tobias Straumann

in The Value of Risk: Swiss Re and the History of Reinsurance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199689804
eISBN:
9780191769450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689804.003.0008
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History, Innovation

The idea of dedicated reinsurance companies was a new concept in the mid nineteenth century. Reinsurers were finding themselves exposed to larger than expected losses as the young industry struggled ... More


Crossing ‘The Pond’

Harold James, Peter Borscheid, David Gugerli, and Tobias Straumann

in The Value of Risk: Swiss Re and the History of Reinsurance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199689804
eISBN:
9780191769450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689804.003.0015
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History, Innovation

General director Charles Simon was to dominate the company for the following decades. Business had so far been conducted out of Zurich. In the case of the US, this became increasingly cumbersome and ... More


Backlash

Harold James, Peter Borscheid, David Gugerli, and Tobias Straumann

in The Value of Risk: Swiss Re and the History of Reinsurance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199689804
eISBN:
9780191769450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689804.003.0004
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History, Innovation

The early twentieth century radically changed the world map for insurers. The San Francisco earthquake was the first catastrophe of truly global consequence to the industry. It demonstrated how much ... More


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