The Wealth of Nations: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations [NOOK Book]

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The Wealth of Nations is a treasured classic of political economy. First published in March of 1776, Adam Smith wrote the book to influence a special audience - the British Parliament - and its arguments in the early spring of that year pressed for peace and cooperation with Britain's colonies rather than war.
Smith's message was that economic exploitation, through the monopoly trade of empire, stifled wealth-creation in both home and foreign lands. Moreover, protectionism ...
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Overview

The Wealth of Nations is a treasured classic of political economy. First published in March of 1776, Adam Smith wrote the book to influence a special audience - the British Parliament - and its arguments in the early spring of that year pressed for peace and cooperation with Britain's colonies rather than war.
Smith's message was that economic exploitation, through the monopoly trade of empire, stifled wealth-creation in both home and foreign lands. Moreover, protectionism preserved the status quo, and privileged a few elites at the expense of long run growth.
Smith wrote, "It is the industry which is carried on for the benefit of the rich and the powerful that is principally encouraged by our mercantile system. That which is carried on for the benefit of the poor and the indigent is too often either neglected or oppressed."
This edition, based on the classic Cannan version of the text, includes a foreword by George Osborne MP and an introduction by Jonathan B. Wight, University of Richmond, which aims to place the work in a business context. Wight also provides an invaluable 'Notable Quotes' section where he extracts and categorises some of the most famous and pertinent sections of Smith's work.
This classic work is as essential today as it was when it first written.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906659875
  • Publisher: Harriman House
  • Publication date: 8/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 688
  • File size: 763 KB

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Adam Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher and pioneering political economist and one of the key figures of the intellectual movement known as the Scottish Enlightenment.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction by Johnathan B.Wight, University of Richmond
Notes on the Text
Introduction and Plan of the Work
Notable Quotes from The Wealth of Nations
Contents to The Wealth of Nations
Book I
Of the Causes of Improvement in the productive Powers of Labour, and of the order according to which its Produce is naturally distributed among the different Ranks of the people.
CHAPTER I
Of the Division of Labour
CHAPTER II
Of the Principle which gives Occasion to the Division of Labour
CHAPTER III
That the Division of labour is Limited by the Extent of the Market
CHAPTER IV
Of the Origin and Use of Money
CHAPTER V
Of the Real and Nominal Price of Commodities, or of their Price in Labour, and their Price in Money
CHAPTER VI
Of the Component parts of the Price of Commodities
CHAPTER VII
Of the Natural and Market Price of Commodities
CHAPTER VIII
Of the Wages of Labour
CHAPTER IX
Of the Profits of Stock
CHAPTER X
Of Wages and Profit in the Different Employments of Labour and Stock
PART I. Inequalities arising from the nature of the employments themselves
PART II Inequalities occasioned by the Policy of Europe
CHAPTER XI
Of the Rent of Land
PART I. Of the Produce of Land which always affords Rent
PART II. Of the Produce of Land, which sometimes does, and sometimes does not, afford Rent
PART III. Of the variations in the Proportion between the respective Values of that sort of Produce which always affords Rent, and of that which sometimes does, and sometimes does not, afford Rent
Digression concerning the Variations in the value of Silver during the Course of the Four last Centuries
FIRST PERIOD
SECOND PERIOD
THIRD PERIOD
Variations in the Proportion between the respective Values of Gold and Silver Grounds of the suspicion that the Value of Silver still continues to decrease Different Effects of the Progress of Improvement upon three different sorts of rude Produce
First Sort
Second sort
Third Sort
Conclusion of the Digression concerning the Variations in the Value of Silver Effects of the Progress of Improvement upon the real Price of Manufactures
CONCLUSION of the CHAPTER
PRICES OF WHEAT
Book II
Of the Nature, Accululation, and Employment of Stock
CHAPTER I
Of the Division of Stock
CHAPTER II
Of Money, Considered as a Particular Branch of theGeneral Stock of the Society, or of the Expense of Maintaining the National Capital
CHAPTER III
Of the Accumulation of Capital, or of Productive and Unproductive Labour
CHAPTER IV
Of Stock Lent at Interest
CHAPTER V
Of the Different Employment of Capitals
Book III
Of the Different Progress of Opulence in Different Nations
CHAPTER I
Of the Natural Progress of Opulence
CHAPTER II
Of the Discouragement of Agriculture in the Ancient State of Europe, after the Fall of the Roman Empire
CHAPTER III
Of the Rise and Progress of Cities and Towns, after the Fall of the Roman Empire
CHAPTER IV
How the Commerce of the Towns Contributed to the Improvement of the country
Book IV
Of Systems of Political Economy
Introduction
CHAPTER I
Of the Principle of the Commercial or Mercantile System
CHAPTER II
Of Restraints upon the Importation from Foreign Countries of such Goods can be produced at Home
CHAPTER III
Of the extraordinary Restraints upon the Importation of Goods of almost all Kinds, from those Countries with which the Balance is supposed to be Disadvantageous
PART I. Of the Unreasonableness of those Restraints, even upon the Principles of the Commercial System
Digression concerning Banks of Deposit, particularly concerning that of Amsterdam
PART II. Of the Unreasonableness of those extraordinary Restraints, upon other Principles
CHAPTER IV
Of Drawbacks
CHAPTER V
Of Bounties
Digression concerning the Corn Trade and Corn Laws
CHAPTER VI
Of Treaties of Commerce
PART I
PART II
PART III
CHAPTER VII
Of Colonies
PART I. Of the Motives for Establishing New Colonies
PART II. Causes of the Prosperity of New Colonies
PART III. Of the Advantages which Europe has derived From the Discovery of America, and from that of a Passage to the East Indies by the Cape of Good Hope
CHAPTER VIII
Conclusion of the Mercantile System
CHAPTER IX
Of the Agricultural Systems, or of those Systems of Political Economy which Represent the Produce of Land, as either the Sole or the Principle Source of the Revenue and Wealth of Every Country
Appendix to Book IV
Book V
Of the Revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth
CHAPTER I
Of the Expenses of the Sovereign or Commonwealth
PART I. Of the Expense of Defence
PART II. Of the Expense of Justice
PART III. Of the Expense of public Works and public Institutions
ARTICLE I. Of the public Works and Institutions for facilitating the Commerce of the Society, And, first, of those which are necessary for facilitating Commerce in general
Of the public Works and Institution which are necessary for facilitating particular Branches of Commerce
ARTICLE II. Of the Expense of the Institution for the Education of Youth
ARTICLE III. Of the Expense of the Institutions for the Instruction of People of all Ages
PART IV. Of the Expense of supporting the Dignity of the Sovereign
CONCLUSION
CHAPTER II
Of the Sources of the General or Public Revenue of the Society
PART I. Of the Funds, or Sources, of Revenue, which may peculiarly belong to the Sovereign or Commonwealth
PART II. Of Taxes
ARTICLE I. Taxes upon Rent - Taxes upon the Rent of Land Taxes which are proportioned, not in the Rent, but to the Produce of Land Taxes upon the Rent of Houses
ARTICLE II. Taxes upon Profit, or upon the Revenue arising from Stock Taxes upon the Profit of particular Employments
APPENDIX TO ARTICLES I AND II - Taxes upon the Capital Value of Lands, Houses, and Stock
ARTICLE III. Taxes upon the Wages of Labour
ARTICLE IV. Taxes which it is intended should fall indifferently upon every different Species of Revenue
Capitation Taxes
Taxes upon Consumable Commodities
Consumable commodities are either necessaries or luxuries
CHAPTER III
Of Public Debts
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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    Beware! Great Minds edition is ABRIDGED!

    To sell an abridged edition without stating that is in fact abridged is, simply, fraud. I would like to read, and make up my own mind about as well as learn from, ALL of what Adam Smith wrote.

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    Nobody seriously involved in economics can do without this exhaustive work, originally published in five volumes as An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. This classic is a pragmatic and accessible milestone in the history of economics. Its author, Adam Smith, is woven into every economics textbook. However, Smith¿s theories, which today often are recounted mostly in fragments, frequently incorrectly, reveal their entire social and economic innovative power only in context. Smith burst onto the scene at a time when absolutist national states monopolized the world's precious metal reserves and tried to increase their own wealth through stringent export policies. These states were motivated by an entirely new concept about national wealth: that it stemmed from the work of the country's people, not from gold. Based on that idea, economic markets should balance themselves as if guided by an 'invisible hand,' impelled by each individual's self-interest. The state has to provide only an orderly framework and specific public goods and services. Even though Smith's image of idealized economic and social harmony may have developed a few cracks over the course of time, his ideas have inspired many well-known economists during the past 250 years, including David Ricardo, Vilfredo Pareto, Friedrich August von Hayek and Milton Friedman. We highly recommend this seminal work.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 31, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    The Founding Book of Capitalism and Economics

    Written by Adam Smith who was the founding father of capitalism. This book was the the historical book that changed the views of many people. This book is highly regarded in the economics community. I reccomend it for anyone who is interested in econ or capitalism. A must read for any thinkers.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Seminal work from the father of economics

    getAbstract believes that no serious economist can do without this exhaustive work, originally published in five volumes as An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. This classic is a pragmatic and accessible milestone in the history of economics. Its author, Adam Smith, is woven into every economics textbook. However, Smith's theories, which today often are recounted mostly in fragments, frequently incorrectly, reveal their entire social and economic innovative power only in context. Smith burst onto the scene at a time when absolutist national states monopolized the world's precious metal reserves and tried to increase their own wealth through stringent export policies. These states were motivated by an entirely new concept about national wealth: that it stemmed from the work of the country's people, not from gold. Based on that idea, economic markets should balance themselves as if guided by an "invisible hand," impelled by each individual's self-interest. The state has to provide only an orderly framework and specific public goods and services. Even though Smith's image of idealized economic and social harmony may have developed a few cracks over the course of time, his ideas have inspired many well-known economists during the past 250 years, including David Ricardo, Vilfredo Pareto and Milton Friedman.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2009

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    Difficult but Rewarding

    Extremely tedious, laborious reading with somewhat outdated vernacular, but a must-read for those interested in the history of economic theory.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    good insights

    I was happy to read this book, again. Full of insights on a changing age. For our current affairs, I recommend a sharp new book China's global reach by george zhibin gu, whose vision and messages are as big as Smith.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    Great Version of a Classic!

    This is a great unabridged version of the great (and first) economics classic, with rather nice paper, and a nice typeface, includes a chronology of Adam Smith's life, and also has a built in bookmark (the ribbon type) which is handy. However, either due to the age (14 yrs old, published in '91) or lack of quality, all the black parts (which are made of some sort of ink) on the book, get rubbed off after a while. That's the only reason I gave it only four stars, as it tends to look a little tacky, with big patches missing from the book label. However, if you don't mind that, this is an excellent edition.

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  • Posted August 24, 2014

    This is reprint's Edwin Cannan's extensively annotated 1904 scho

    This is reprint's Edwin Cannan's extensively annotated 1904 scholarly edition. This is the edition reprinted by the University of Chicago Press in 1976 for the 200th anniversary of its original publication. You can be assured that this is the most widely accepted, standard academic edition.
    It does not contain Cannan's Introduction or Index. It does contain his Notes and Marginal Summary. Obviously it does not have the George J. Stigler's Preface from the UofC edition, but it contains an introduction by Robert Reich, commentary by R. H. Campbell and A. S. Skinner and a Modern Library "Reading Group Guide".
    Having looked over all of the edition's on the B&N site, I recommend this one as superior to the others, even if more expensive.

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