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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1775] (292/1262)

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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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In February 1905, under instructions from the Persian Government; Deputation
who had meanwhile been approached by the British Legation, M. van Morton^E.E.,,.
Roggen explained his project in detail to Major W. E. Morton, E.E., 1904.05^'
an officer of the Punjab Irrigation Department who had been deputed
from India, on behalf of the Government of India and His Majesty's
Government to study the prospects of the scheme and its probable
influence upon navigation. M. van Eoggen's plans were found to be
technically grotesque, and financially extravagant, if not impossible.
They involved the excavation of reservoirs with a capacity of over
^000,000,000 cubic feet for the sake of irrigating an area of not more
than 85,000 acres,—a circumstance which, coupled with the fact that
the operations were to be spread over a period of 24 years, sufficed to
stamp the scheme as unremunerative.
As it seemed probable, however, that an irrigable area of much more
than 85,000 acres might be commanded from the Karun at Ahwaz,
Major Morton, after he had exploded M. van Eoggen^s scheme, was
ordered to collect data on which an alternative project might be framed,
if required. He was instructed to consider the possibilities on both sides
of the Karun, and to distinguish in his reports between plans compatible
with the maintenance of navigation and others which were incompatible.
M. van Eoggen left 'Arabistan for Europe in April 1905, but Major
Morton remained on the spot until after the end of the period.
In May 1905 in the course of negotiations for a loan which the
1 bF iif P ers i an Government were then desirous of raising the British Legation at
vprygfl Tehran endeavoured to stipulate that in the event of irrigation works
being undertaken on the Karun, preference should be given to British
1 in tin Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. but the point was not carried .
b iitife: ^ new P ro j ec ^ f or the irrigation of part of 'Arabistan from the Scheme for
explore^. ^ ar klieh river was mooted by the Shaikh of Muhammareh in 1905; but, fjom^hT
though its potentialities were afterwards found to be considerable, it did
larticip^ not immediately receive attention.
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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:

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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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