The six lectures delivered at Oxford with additional Addresses and Essays constitute the contents of this volume. The first Lecture is devoted to the study of Jurisprudence, which is popularly defined as the science of law. While defining Comparative Jurisprudence, the author makes distinction with the concept of modern jurists and points out after critical analysis that its chief function is to facilitate legislation and the practical improvement of law after examining and comparing laws of two or more different societies under one point or head of law.
All the Lectures included in the volume except the last have a bearing on subjects on village communities, especially the Indian village communities which are a living, and not a dead institution consisting of a group of families united by a kinship and a joint ownership in land.
The present compilation is an authoritative study, based on the authentic information which has the concurrence of experience and observation of a very high dignitary, namely, Sir George Campbell, the then Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal.
Needless to say, the book will evince genuine interest in the students of law, jurists, administrators, magistrates and judicial officers who will find it very informative and valuable.