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References to Africa in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and Some Key Propositions Surrounding Them

Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich (2010): References to Africa in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and Some Key Propositions Surrounding Them.

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Abstract

Adam Smith sought to illustrate some of his propositions in The Wealth of Nations (WON) with examples from Africa. However, the examples were few, and many were neither profound nor instructive from a principles viewpoint. I find that Africa figures very little in the WON, and nearly every time it appears cursory. With 20/20 hindsight, one may conclude that opinions about Africa have remained invariant with respect to time. Final value-judgment about whether that is a good or bad thing rests with the reader.

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