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Three Men In A Boat
Three Men in a Boat is a classic tale of lighthearted comedy and misadventure by Jerome K. Jerome.
Also known by its full title: Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), this book follows the escapades of three fellows named George, Harris and Jerome. The latter, being the author himself, is referred to only as 'J' throughout the story.
The trio contrive to journey along the Thames in what they intend to be a easygoing boating holiday. The three friends all claim to share various illnesses and to suffer from overwork. Upon agreeing to make their way up the River Thames they bring along J's dog, Montmorency, for the ride too.
Jerome mainly sticks to the story of the river journey, but also includes much humorous digression, usually taking the form of memories of past amusing events, into the tale. Highlights include the trio's miserable attempt at making Irish Stew from leftovers at the campfire, and a trout made from Plaster of Paris.
The book, first published in 1889, was a big success among late Victorian audiences, but attracted scathing reviews from critics who found its informality and use of slang to be very vulgar. However among the everyday reader the book was an enormous success, with sales strong for decades after its publication.
Unusually for books of the era, the humour has dated well - the believable friendship and banter between the blokes aboard ship continues to resonate with the modern audience, while several of the comic set pieces carry an eternal lighthearted humour.
Since the end of the eighteenth century, the insurance industry has cast a safety net around the world, first in the British Isles and then further afield, irrespective of cultural, political and ideological divides. Unlike previous publications on insurance history, which tend to discuss the development of national markets or individual companies, this book focuses on the creation of networks across borders from the end of the eighteenth century to the present day.
Distinguished international economic historians draw upon examples from twenty countries across the continents to demonstrate how what was called the 'British system' of risk management spread out in waves, and describes the forces that made this possible--first among them migration from Europe and international trade. The book explores the economic, political, religious, and cultural obstacles that blocked the path of this European invention--not only religious law and traditional practices, but above all protectionism, inflation, and political ideologies. It examines the process of transformation through which modern insurance supplanted traditional forms of protection against perils and risks and was able to keep on offering new ways of dealing with the risks of modern life. As well as discussing primary insurance, it also considers the role played by reinsurance, without which the losses arising out of today's natural and man-made disasters would be immeasurably greater. Finally, taking modern-day disaster scenarios as examples, the book shows just what the limits of insurability are and what risks worldwide networks entail.