An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Volume 1
W. Strahan and T. Cadell
, 1776 - Capitalism
- 589 pages
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, 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. By reflecting upon the economics at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the book touches upon such broad topics as thedivision of labour, productivity, and free markets.