chapter  10
21 Pages

Earthquake versus Fire: The Struggle over Insurance in the Aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Disaster


The 1906 earthquake and fi re of San Francisco has been extensively researched and written about.1 So why add yet another article? It seems that the insurance sector-slightly detached from everyday experience-might contribute a di erent angle to a well-known subject. Also, the insurance sector’s role is a yet under-researched area in the history of the earthquake and fi re, both in the fi eld of economic as well as environmental history.2