In order to easily navigate the Wealth of Nations, here is an outline or map of the important ideas that are in each sentence and paragraph. Unlike other summaries which just get the most prominent idea in a paragraph, this version extracts each idea from each sentence and summarizes all similar ideas into a new sentence. A paragraph which has many ideas and supporting ideas imbued in it will therefore have many sentences.
This outline will help transform The Wealth of Nations into a manual for socio-economic science, just like when a mechanic consults a car's service manual when troubleshooting a car. This manual can address both simple and complex questions about socio-economics, especially useful during future socio-economic crises.
Past and present tenses are used as if the current date is February 1773 for Book 1, January 1775 for Book 5, and year is 1784 for the rest of the books.
Whenever possible, the actual year (e.g. 1350) is used instead of the regnal year (e.g. 25th of Edward III).
Quotes in green text are profound statements by Adam Smith
Quotes in bold green text are maxims or very important ideas. A sentence is treated as a maxim if a thought is repeated by Smith with authority (such as his definition of real value) and if Smith indicates it as such ("It may be treated as a maxim that..").
Lines in brown lines are statements from other writers
Lines in bold black are subheadings for a series of paragraphs about a certain idea
The word 'seems' have been simplified to 'is', to convey certainty.
'Perhaps' and 'probably' has been maintained to convey less certainty.
'Cultivation and improvement' has been interchangeably used.
'Cultivation' is preferred to mean non-intensive or recurring or short term improvements (as in annual agricultural cultivation)
'Improvement' is preferred to mean intensive or permanent or long term improvement (as in public works or those sensible over many years or centuries)
Things and concepts that are antiquated such as a 'coach-and-six' has been replaced with its modern equivalent 'luxury coach'.
Some antiquated events such as the silver trade in China, has been replaced with modern examples, such as modern currency trade.
The following determinants imply:
Nearly all (90-99%)
Usually replaces "a greater part of the.."
Over half (51-75%)
Coin Conversion Based on Penny:
Farthing = 0.25 pence
Half Penny = 0.5 pence
Penny = 1 pence
3-pence = 3 pence
6-pence = 6 pence
Shilling = 12 pence
Florin = 24 pence
Half-crown = 30 pence
Pound = 240 pence
Introduction And Plan Of The Work
Book I: The Causes Of Productivity Improvements And The Order In Which Its Produce Is Naturally Distributed In Society