Freaks of Fortune

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Harvard University Press, Oct 29, 2012 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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Until the nineteenth century, “risk” was a specialized term: it was the commodity exchanged in a marine insurance contract. Freaks of Fortune tells how the modern concept of risk emerged in the United States. Born on the high seas, risk migrated inland and became essential to the financial management of an inherently uncertain capitalist future.

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Jonathan Levy is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University.

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