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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 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. Through reflection over the economics at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution the book touches upon such broad topics as the division of labor, productivity, and free markets.

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Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 707 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1776.


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The annual labour of every nation is the fund which originally supplies it with all the necessaries and conveniences of life which it annually consumes, and which consist always either in the immediate produce of that labour, or in what is purchased with that produce from other nations.

According, therefore, as this produce, or what is purchased with it, bears a greater or smaller proportion to the number of those who are to consume it, the nation will be better or worse supplied with all the necessaries and conveniences for which it has occasion.

But this proportion must in every nation be regulated by two different circumstances: first, by the skill, dexterity, and judgment with which its labour is generally applied; and, secondly, by the proportion between the number of those who are employed in useful labour, and that of those who are not so employed. Whatever be the soil, climate, or extent of territory of any particular nation, the abundance or scantiness of its annual supply must, in that particular situation, depend upon those two circumstances.

The abundance or scantiness of this supply, too, seems to depend more upon the former of those two circumstances than upon the latter. Among the savage nations of hunters and fishers, every individual who is able to work is more or less employed in useful labour, and endeavours to provide, as well as he can, the necessaries and conveniences of life, for himself, and such of his family or tribe as are either too old, or too young, or too infirm, to go a-hunting and fishing. Such nations, however, are so miserably poor, that, from mere want, they are frequently reduced, or at least think themselves reduced, to the necessity sometimes of directly destroying, and sometimes of abandoning their infants, their old people, and those afflicted with lingering diseases, to perish with hunger, or to be devoured by wild beasts. Among civilized and thriving nations, on the contrary, though a great number of people do not labour at all, many of whom consume the produce of ten times, frequently of a hundred times, more labour than the greater part of those who work; yet the produce of the whole labour of the society is so great, that all are often abundantly supplied; and a workman, even of the lowest and poorest order, if he is frugal and industrious, may enjoy a greater share of the necessaries and conveniences of life than it is possible for any savage to acquire.

The causes of this improvement in the productive powers of labour, and the order according to which its produce is naturally distributed among the different ranks and conditions of men in the society, make the subject of the first book of this Inquiry.

Whatever be the actual state of the skill, dexterity, and judgment, with which labour is applied in any nation, the abundance or scantiness of its annual supply must depend, during the continuance of that state, upon the proportion between the number of those who are annually employed in useful labour, and that of those who are not so employed. The number of useful and productive labourers, it will hereafter appear, is everywhere in proportion to the quantity of capital stock which is employed in setting them to work, and to the particular way in which it is so employed. The second book, therefore, treats of the nature of capital stock, of the manner in which it is gradually accumulated, and of the different quantities of labour which it puts into motion, according to the different ways in which it is employed.

Nations tolerably well advanced as to skill, dexterity, and judgment, in the application of labour, have followed very different plans in the general conduct or direction of it; and those plans have not all been equally favourable to the greatness of its produce. The policy of some nations has given extraordinary encouragement to the industry of the country; that of others to the industry of towns. Scarce any nation has dealt equally and impartially with every sort of industry. Since the down-fall of the Roman empire, the policy of Europe has been more favourable to arts, manufactures, and commerce, the industry of towns, than to agriculture, the Industry of the country. The circumstances which seem to have introduced and established this policy are explained in the third book.

Though those different plans were, perhaps, first introduced by the private interests and prejudices of particular orders of men, without any regard to, or foresight of, their consequences upon the general welfare of the society; yet they have given occasion to very different theories of political economy; of which some magnify the importance of that industry which is carried on in towns, others of that which is carried on in the country. Those theories have had a considerable influence, not only upon the opinions of men of learning, but upon the public conduct of princes and sovereign states. I have endeavoured, in the fourth book, to explain as fully and distinctly as I can those different theories, and the principal effects which they have produced in different ages and nations.

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A Whistle Stop Tour of World History

History has shown us that societies that are the most successful at building businesses and economies have been those who were able to follow technological advances. Those societies became more modern, as seen in these pivotal historic events.

A Case in Point

In 1836, Nathan Rothschild, a wealthy businessman who lived in Europe during the Industrial Revolution, died of an infection that was not curable by his era’s best doctors. Medicine has advanced greatly since then. In general, people live longer due to better sanitation and medicine. Back in the mid-1800s when Rothschild died, it was easy for anyone to get sick from gastrointestinal infections because toilets were unsanitary and underwear wasn’t washable or changeable; hand-washing wasn’t common practice either. Jews and Muslims had healthier lives because their religious beliefs required them to wash frequently. The Industrial Revolution changed all this with its technological advances such as cheap cotton clothing and mass-produced soap which made hygiene easier for everyone.

Better Nutrition, Healthier People

As food production improved, people were able to get more and better nutrition. This led to fewer deaths from disease, which is caused by poor nutrition. It also helped reduce famines because it allowed for more reliable and quicker transport of food supplies. In addition, better supply meant a greater variety of foods could be eaten, even during wartime when certain countries are unable to grow enough crops to feed their populations. These improvements can be seen in the height and weight gains among immigrants who move from poorer countries where they have less access to good food sources into richer ones with universal healthcare systems that allow them better access to nutritious foods.

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The distribution of medical and scientific knowledge is not even. There are many poor countries that have less access to this information, but the gap between them and rich countries is closing. The East-West division isn’t as relevant anymore because now it’s more about North-South or West vs Rest. Wealth gaps are growing in some places with Switzerland having a ratio of 400:1 compared to Mozambique which has a much smaller income per person. Rich countries should help poorer ones without being accused of Eurocentrism (being biased towards Europe).

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Climate Extremes

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Science has allowed us to live in places that are warmer and colder than where we would naturally be. Scientists must endure extreme conditions when they work, while the rest of us avoid them as much as possible. Extreme heat is more uncomfortable than cold weather. We have developed coping mechanisms for hot weather such as siestas, but air conditioning was only invented after World War II. Weather can create illnesses, so it’s important to prevent illness instead of curing it if you want to save money or time on medicine. The germ theory was an advancement in disease prevention because governments could now focus on preventing people from getting sick instead of focusing on curing them once they were ill.

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Water resources can help draw people to a region or keep them there. The great rivers, such as the Nile and Indus, drew settlement because they deposited fertile soil in their deltas, which encouraged agriculture and nearby communities. Moderate climates give people more energy than extreme ones do. Western Europe has moderate winters and year-round rainfall, an unusual combination that provides reliable water for farming and living comfort.

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Because of the thick forests in Europe, horses had to be bred to forage for food, which resulted in larger horses. However, smaller Mongolian and Arabian horses that were able to withstand harsh climates gave the East Asian people an advantage over Europeans. European waste was used as fertilizer while Chinese human waste spread parasites and worms. Even so, rich soil from the Nile River Delta area could not compete with China’s fertile land. European agricultural techniques couldn’t beat China’s natural advantages either because it relied on its population rather than slavery and grew by dint of its booming population growth due to early marriage without financial limitations.

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