The Wealth of Nations

19 Feb, 2015 330 Economics

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Adam Smith’s celebrated economic treatise The Wealth of Nations. Smith was one of Scotland’s greatest thinkers, a moral philosopher and pioneer of economic theory whose 1776 masterpiece has come to define classical economics. Based on his careful consideration of the transformation wrought on the British economy by the Industrial Revolution, and how it contrasted with marketplaces elsewhere in the world, the book outlined a theory of wealth and how it is accumulated that has arguably had more influence on economic theory than any other.

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  • Richard Whatmore 6 episodes
    Professor of Modern History and Director of the Institute of Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews
  • Donald Winch No other episodes
    Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex
  • Helen Paul 8 episodes
    Lecturer in Economics and Economic History at the University of Southampton

Reading list

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    Alexander Broadie (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2003) Google Books →
  • Money and Political Economy in the Age of Enlightenment
    Daniel Carey (ed.) (Voltaire Foundation, 2014)
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    Stephen Copley and Kathryn Sutherland (eds.) (Manchester University Press, 1995) Google Books →
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    Knud Haakonssen (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2006) Google Books →
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    Istvan Hont (Harvard University Press, 2010) Google Books →
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    Istvan Hont (Harvard University Press, 2015) Google Books →
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    Gavin Kennedy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) Google Books →
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    Richard B. Sher (University of Chicago Press, 2007) Google Books →
  • The Wealth of Nations
    Adam Smith (First published 1776; Bantam Classics, 2003) Google Books →
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    Adam Smith (First published 1776; Penguin Classics, 1982) Google Books →
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    Adam Smith (First published 1759; Penguin Classics, 2010) Google Books →
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    Adam Smith (First published 1759; Cambridge University Press, 2002) Google Books →
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    Donald Winch (Cambridge University Press, 1978) Google Books →
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    Donald Winch (Cambridge University Press, 1996) Google Books →

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