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  1. Bahrain’s Economy: Buffeted between Pearls and Oil

    ... on hold, what drove Bahrain’s economy between the World Wars? By the 1920s, the ancient trade in pearls, ... of Bahrain’s economy in the two interim decades? Trade Deficit Some answers can be found in the ‘Trade ... dominated by the declining pearl trade, in part simply because its other exports, such as building ...

  2. Country Profile: Oman

    ... salute, for example – Britain simultaneously cut off two lucrative sources of revenue, the trade in slaves ... Britain and Oman  (London: Gilgamesh Publishing, 2012) M. Reda Bhacker,  Trade and Empire in Muscat ...

  3. Country Profile: Iraq

    ... was of strategic and economic importance to Britain due to its location on overland trade routes to Anatolia, ... 2005) Hala Fattah, The Politics of Regional Trade in Iraq, Arabia, and the Gulf, 1745–1900 (Albany, NY: ...

  4. Foundation of an Empire: The East India Company’s Early Trade in Silk and Wool

    ... and strategic interests in the Gulf grew over time, it was initially a matter of textile trading with Persia ... interests in the Gulf grew over time, it was initially a matter of trade with Persia that first invited them to the shores of the Gulf. The trade in textiles would provide them with the key. An early nineteenth-century ...

  5. Frankincense in Dhofar: An Ancient Trade at the Centre of 19th Century Tensions

    ... of the trade, British colonial records cast light on the state of the ancient trade in Frankincense ... are inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, because frankincense has been traded in the region since ancient ... of the changed trading patterns caused by the Portuguese and other European nations’ trading in the region. ...

  6. Mapping Aden: The British Occupation of A Vital Trading Port

    ... the British able to plan for its reconstruction and fortification, thereby facilitating trade and other ... neglected wells and a ruined aqueduct. Even the fortifications were in ruins. A Vital Trading Port ... British trade to and from India and beyond. But, in order to secure British control over the region, ...

  7. Manumission, Not Abolition: British Mediations over Slavery in the Gulf

    ... industries: pearl fishing and date farming. British Attempts to Suppress the Trade Suppression of the slave trade was one of the key justifications given by the British for taking control of the waters around ... the slave trade would help bring order to the region, and thus ensure the safety of Britain’s own ships ...

  8. A Brief History of the English East India Company 1600–1858

    ... a royal charter conferring the monopoly of English trade in the whole of Asia and the Pacific. Tea, ... by the ‘factory’ system: when the ships returned to Europe, agents known as ‘factors’ were left behind at trading ... responsible for the management of subordinate factories which included Bandar Abbas and Basra. From Trading ...

  9. The Mobility of Merchants in the Pursuit of Profit: The English Withdraw from Bushire

    ... trade and privileges in the region were put to the Khan in Shiraz. If they were not accepted, Moore ... be seen in today’s multinational corporations – groups that exhibit a similar mobility to those trading ... of increased military involvement and its mobile response to trading climates that made the EIC more powerful ...

  10. A Close Relationship: Britain and Oman since 1750

    ... through informal British imperial influence to an important trading and strategic partner today. Composed ... of the two.  Omani Trading Presence in the Indian Ocean The Al Bu Sa’id has been the ruling family of Muscat and Oman since 1749. During this time they have benefited from the trading opportunities – including ...

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