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The wealth of nations

the economics classic : a selected edition for the contemporary reader

Published by Capstone in Chichester .
Written in English.

About the Edition

Political economy had been studied long before Adam Smith. But Wealth of Nations (1776) established it for the first time as a separate science. Smith based his arguments on vast historical knowledge, and developed his principles with remarkable clarity. What set this work apart was its statement of the doctrine of natural liberty. Smith believed that 'man's self-interest is God's providence' - that if government abstained from interfering with free competition, the invisible hand of capitalism would emerge from the competing claims of individual self-interest. Industrial problems would be resolved and maximum efficiency reached. After more than two centuries, Smith's work still stands as the best statement and defence of the fundamental principles of capitalism.

Edition Notes

"The material for The Wealth of Nations is based on the complete 1904 edition of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith, edited with an Introduction, Notes, Marginal Summary and an Enlarged Index by Edwin Cannan, published by Methuen & Co., Ltd, London, and is now in the public domain. This edition is not sponsored or endorsed by, or otherwise affiliated with Adam Smith, Edwin Cannan, their families or heirs."--T.p. verso.

Other Titles
An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
330.153
Library of Congress
HB161 .S65 2010

The Physical Object

Pagination
li, 364 p. ;
Number of pages
364

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26343720M
Internet Archive
wealthofnationst00adam
ISBN 10
0857080776
ISBN 13
9780857080776
OCLC/WorldCat
657028948
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