Adam Smith (1723–1790) is famous around the world as the founding father of economics, and his ideas are regularly quoted and invoked by politicians, business leaders, economists, and philosophers. However, considering his fame, few people have actually read the whole of his magnum opus The Wealth of Nations – the first book to describe and lay out many of the concepts that are crucial to modern economic thinking. The Routledge Guidebook to Smith’s Wealth of Nations provides an accessible, clear, and concise introduction to the arguments of this most notorious and influential of economic texts. The Guidebook examines:

  • the historical context of Smith’s though and the background to this seminal work
  • the key arguments and ideas developed throughout The Wealth of Nations
  • the enduring legacy of Smith’s work

The Routledge Guidebook to Smith’s Wealth of Nations is essential reading for students of philosophy, economics, politics, and sociology who are approaching Smith’s work for the first time.

chapter 1|12 pages

Adam Smith and the Scotland of his days

chapter 2|14 pages

Introduction and Book I, Chapters I–III

chapter 3|21 pages

Book I, Chapters IV–VII

chapter 4|22 pages

Book I, Chapters VIII–X

chapter 5|25 pages

Book I, Chapter XI

chapter 6|28 pages

Book II

chapter 7|16 pages

Book III

chapter 8|27 pages

Book IV, Chapters I–VI

chapter 9|23 pages

Book IV, Chapters VII–IX

chapter 10|32 pages

Book V, Chapter I

chapter 11|31 pages

Book V, Chapters II–III

chapter 12|8 pages