An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
First published in 1776, the year in which the American Revolution officially began, Smith’s Wealth of Nations sparked a revolution of its own. In it Smith analyzes the major elements of political economy, from market pricing and the division of labor to monetary, tax, trade, and other government policies that affect economic behavior. Throughout he offers seminal arguments for free trade, free markets, and limited government.
Navigate Adam Smith's foundational work of economic thought, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, in this unique, online edition made available by Liberty Fund and the John Templeton Foundation.
Trim size: 6 x 9
Collection: The Glasgow Edition of the Works of Adam Smith
In Two Volumes
Publication date: February 1982
Explore the full text of Smith's groundbreaking work in political economy. Originally published in 1776, this edition of Smith's work is based on Edwin Cannan's careful 1904 compilation and Smith's own fifth edition (1789), the final of his lifetime.
The justly famous early 20th-century edition of Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, edited with an Introduction, Notes, Marginal Summary and an Enlarged Index by Edwin Cannan (London: Methuen, 1904)
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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, in 5 volumes, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. First published in 1776, the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth and is today a fundamental work in classical economics.