Originally published in 1872, the topics covered in these essays and lectures cover such topics as Modern Socialism, The General Aspects of State Intervention, Free Education in its Economic Aspects, National Debts and National Prosperity, The Education of Women, The House of Lords, An American on Representation, and more. Henry Fawcett was a Member of Parliament and Professor of Political Economy in the University of Cambridge. Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929) was the author of the 1870 Political Economy for Beginners, a brief but wildly successful book. It set a contemporary record as a principles textbook for students, running through ten editions in 41 years. A vigorous promoter of education for women, she helped set up Newham College for women at Cambridge. In 1865 she heard a speech on women's rights made by John Stuart Mill, who deeply impressed her and she became one of his many loyal supporters.