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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2115] (632/1262)

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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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* Goi
gy 1903 the indebtedness of Persia to Russia amounted; in round
^ figures to nearly £4;000,000, of which it was estimated that at least
half represented sums swallowed up by the Shah 's Civil List.
a3 Weln . „ again made overtures to the British Legation at Tehran. 1903-04.
^ianfeiJi , r yfaiQ the Government of Persia, their financial difficulties still i oau
__ , , 1 -p • m i - ® ersia,
rfjje Government of India were prepared to lend any sum not exceeding
Ud^J contmmng
t; S ail( | ,i j The Govei
^ 6 11 000,000 upon suitable conditions j and it was suggested that the
l s J ^ transaction might take the form of the purchase of a monopoly of road
S 0 1 and railway construction and other commercial enterprises in Sistan and
0Ut ^ cot; Eastern, Southern, and South-Western Persia; but it proved
impossible to obtain such terms. In the end, an advance of £200,000
was made to Persia on the 4th April 1903, and a supplementary advance
of £100,000 on the 1st September 1904, through the Imperial Bank of
irned fronit Persia. It was arranged that these advances should be treated as one
q empty,tlJ loan, bearing interest at 5 per cent., repayable in 20 annual instalments,
;am within and secured on the Caspian Sea Fishery dues, the Post and Telegraph
tfovideiii revenue of Persia, and the customs of Pars and the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . The
ggestions wt GoYernment of India, who were the lenders, received from His Majesty's
jted by ^ J Government a guarantee against loss to the extent of one-half of the
Britishii«v amount involved.
a >giitW In 1905 His Majesty's Government were disposed to facilitate, on ^^^ e 1 d oan
the Russiik certain conditions, an advance of £150,000 by the Imperial BanK of to Persia,
Persia to the Persian Government; and in October of that year the 1905.
Grand Vizier appeared to be on the point of closing with the
|j offer^ but desired that the amount of the advance should be increased to
)00 and in l
rthefti'sW The Persian Customs, partly as constituting the sole reliable and con- ^lating^to
a ccomffioUi venient security for repayment of foreign loans that the Persian Govern- the Persian
nted aietf pnt had to offer, and partly for reasons connected with national trade X892-1964.
^ich Eiissi^ ; and prestige, naturally became a subject of controversy between
D-reementitt^ and Eussia. It was of essential importance to the British
be period ^ over nment that no sort of lien on or control over the Customs of
9l0to Wli® ou ^ ern Persia should be acquired by Kussia, and that, if those Customs
lated in ^ n ^ ere con ie under foreign management at all, it should be British
d Persia^ 1 maila g e ment; also that Eussia should not obtain such power over the
existing®^ COllQl:nerc i a l policy of Persia as would enable her to manipulate the
GulfPo^n ^ er ^ an ^ us toms tariff, to an indefinite extent, to the advantage of her
vards 1)6^' 0Wn ^ ra de and the injury of British interests. These desiderata of British
it was \m S a ve rise to developments which are fully described in the
Appendix on the Imperial Persian Customs. Among the most important
148 a
3re acute, in J

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2115] (632/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 March 2024]

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