People still talk about Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" to this day
People still talk to this day about an economics book that was published in 1776. And though the year I'm talking about is rightfully associated with America, this book was actually published by someone in the mother country that we were then at war with. Adam Smith (the author of this book) was a Scotsman, which meant that he was also British.
John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence
Historical note: Adam Smith sympathized with the American Revolution
But his views about the American Revolution were actually fairly sympathetic to the Patriot side. He favored giving the American colonies either representation in Parliament, or independence from the mother country. (For evidence of this, see this blog post.) Because I discussed this subject at length in my other blog post referenced above, I will not go into it further here; but will now launch into my discussion of his political and economic ideas, and how they apply to our world today.