The Wealth of Nations

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Random House Publishing Group, 01.11.2000 - 1200 Seiten

Adam Smith’s masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. Written in clear and incisive prose, The Wealth of Nations articulates the concepts indispensable to an understanding of contemporary society; and Robert Reich’s Introduction both clarifies Smith’s analyses and illuminates his overall relevance to the world in which we live. As Reich writes, “Smith’s mind ranged over issues as fresh and topical today as they were in the late eighteenth century—jobs, wages, politics, government, trade, education, business, and ethics.”
 
Introduction by Robert Reich • Commentary by R. H. Campbell and A. S. Skinner • Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide

 

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Of the Division of Labour
3
Of the Principle which gives Occasion to the Division of Labour
14
Of the Origin and Use of Money
24
Of the real and nominal Price of Commodities or of their Price
33
Of the component Parts of the Price of Commodities
53
CHAPTER VII
62
Of the Wages of Labour
73
Of the Profits of Stock
100
Digression concerning Banks of Deposit particularly concerning
510
Of the Unreasonableness of those extraordinary
520
Of Drawbacks
533
Of Bounties
540
Digression concerning the Corn Trade and Corn Laws
560
Of Treaties of Commerce
585
Of Colonies
599
Causes of the Prosperity of New Colonies
609

CHAPTER X
114
Inequalities occasioned by the Policy of Europe
136
Of the Rent of Land
166
Of the Produce of Land which sometimes does
185
Of the Variations in the Proportion between
201
Second Period
219
Variations in the Proportion between the respective Values
242
Grounds of the Suspicion that the Value of Silver still continues
249
Third Sort
262
Conclusion of the Digression concerning the Variations in
273
Effects of the Progress of Improvement upon the real Price
278
Conclusion of the Chapter
284
Of the Nature Accumulation and Employment of Stock
299
Of Money considered as a particular Branch of the general Stock
310
Of Stock lent at Interest 3 81
381
Of the different Employment of Capitals
390
Of the different Progress of Opulence in different Nations
407
Of the Discouragement of Agriculture in the ancient State
413
Of the Rise and Progress of Cities and Towns after the Fall of
426
How the Commerce of the Towns contributed to the Improvement
439
Of Systems of political CEconomy
455
Of Restraints upon the Importation from foreign Countries
481
Of the Advantages which Europe has derived from
638
Of the Agricultural Systems or of those Systems of Political
718
Of the Revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth
732
Of the Expences of the Sovereign or Commonwealth
747
Of the Expence of Justice
766
Of the Expence of public Works and public Institutions
779
ARTICLE 2d Of the Expence of the Institutions for the Education
819
ARTICLE 3d Of the Expence of the Institutions for the Instruc
846
Of the Expence of supporting the Dignity of
876
Of Taxes
887
Taxes which are proportioned not to the Rent but to
900
ARTICLE 2d Taxes upon Profit or upon the Revenue arising
912
Taxes upon the Profit of particular Employments
918
APPENDIX To ARTICLE 1st and 2d Taxes upon the Capital Value
924
ARTICLE 3d Taxes upon the Wages of Labour
931
Taxes upon consumable Commodities
938
Of public Debts
981
APPENDIX on the Herring Bounty
1029
Authorities
1124
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
1133
READING GROUP GUIDE
1155
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Über den Autor (2000)

Adam Smith was born in a small village in Kirkcaldy, Scotland in 1723. He entered the University of Glasgow at age fourteen, and later attended Balliol College at Oxford. After lecturing for a period, he held several teaching positions at Glasgow University. His greatest achievement was writing The Wealth of Nations (1776), a five-book series that sought to expose the true causes of prosperity, and installed him as the father of contemporary economic thought. He died in Edinburgh on July 19, 1790.

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