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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2003] (520/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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On his first journey to Europe the Shah took with him several The Shah's
princes of the blood whom it was judged inexpedient to leave behind in pean ^1°"
Persia; but, even so, the fact of his being able to leave Persia at all bore 1873 »
witness to his consciousness of being firmly established on the throne,
Constantinople, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, and
London were among the capitals which he visited ; and at Constanti
nople a unique personal meeting took place between him and the Sultan of
Turkey, the two Principal Muhammadan monarchs of the world.
Some of the political results of the Shah^s journey are noted else
where ; here it is only relevent to mention the circumstances attending
its conclusion. Rumours of disaffection at home abridged the Shah's
tour in its last stages; and when he returned to Persia it was to find
that the Renter Concession had caused a dangerous ferment in the
country, and that the removal of the Prime Minister was demanded by
a large body of malcontents, some of whom were actuated by public, but
a larger number by private considerations. For a time it was feared
that the Shah might consider himself obliged to sacrifice Mirza Husain
Khan, as he had sacrificed Mirza Taqi K1 an in 1852 to appease the
general resentment; but, while he dismissed him from Prime Minister
ship, he protected him from harm and even maintained him in power, for
a time ; as Sipah Salar or Commander-in-Chief; and in the end suitable
punishments were meted out to all the more prominent personages who
had shown symptoms of disloyalty.
Emboldened by the success of his first journey to Europe the Shah The Shah's
in 1878 undertook a second. On this occasion he visited Russia, peaTtour) 10
Germany, France and Austria, but not England ; and the chief visible 1878,
consequence of his excursion was the importation of Austrian instructors
for the Persian army on a considerable scale. Since the disappearance,
about 1850, of most of the French officers employed by Muhammad
Shah, the Persian army had passed through the hands, successively, of
Austrian, Italian, and other French experts none of whom remained
very long in the country. There was some murmuring in Persia
regarding the extravagance of the Shah^s * expenditure on his second
European tour.
In 1889 the Shah travelled in Europe for the third time, once more Th e Shah 's
Siting England. ptantou^ 1
e Grovernment of Nasir-ud-Din Shah was probably never seen . ,
to DToof™ i * Nasir-ud-
^^^^advantage than about the year 1889, by which time its Din Shah's
% ———— Governmerr
u , government of the Shah as it existed in 1889 is fully described and analysed 1889.
ofth^f f U, . Z011 ^ ^ ]s Persia, Vol. I, pages 391—463, from which are taken most
ac s text above and in the rext paragraph but one,

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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