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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1877] (394/1262)

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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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the result as might have been foreseen from the provisional and in
definite nature of the Treaty of Gulistan, was to open a boundary-
dispute. Three or four tracts were claimed by both parties, the prin
cipal of these being the Gokcheh district situated between the lake of
the same name and Erivan. In the summer of 1825 an effort was
made to dispose of the Gokcheh question by agreement; and, when this
failed, the Russians settled the doubt in their own favour by occupying
the district with troops. In consequence of this act, and of the un
favourable treatment of Muhammadans in the Transcaucasian districts
obtained by Eussia in the last war, an extraordinary frenzy, which under
ecclesiastical guidance assumed a religious character, suddenly took
possession of the Persian nation; and the Shah found himself obliged
by the unanimous demand of his subjects to insist, contrary to his own
better judgment, upon the evacuation of Gokcheh by the Russians.
At this point the Tsar Alexander died and was succeeded by his brother
Nicholas, who sent Prince Menschikoff to discuss the situation at
Tehran; but in the matter of Gokcheh neither side would yield, and on
the departure of the Russian Envoy hostilities began.
Great enthusiasm for the war against " the infidelsprevailed through- 1826.
out Persia, and volunteers from all parts of the country poured by
thousands into the camp of ^Abbas Mirza, Crown Prince of Persia, who
bad been appointed to conduct the campaign. The Russians seem to have
been unprepared for the storm which thus suddenly broke upon them ; and
in about three weeks the Persians had expelled them from Talish and
recovered Gokcheh and the other disputed tracts. Everywhere the
Muhammadan inhabitants of the country rose against the Russians;
i" and at Ganjeh, besides massacring the Russian garrison, they extermi-
& nated their Armenian fellow-citizens. A Persian raiding column
It penetrated almost to Tiflis; and at the end of this first stage of the
war Shisheh was the only advanced Russian post which had not been
either evacuated or overpowered.
Soon, however, the Russians resumed the offensive, Muhammad
Mirza, son of 'Abbas Mirza and afterwards Shah of Persia, was
defeated near Ganjeh and narrowly escaped being taken prisoner;
Ganjeh itself was recovered by the Russians; and in, September 1826
a crushing calamity overtook the arms of the Crown Prince in the
vicinity of Ganjeh. An envoy was then despatched by the Shah to
i is to propose a pacific settlement; but the Russians did not desire
P® ace j and they now began to demand the cession of Erivan and
akhshivan, hitherto recognised by them as Persian.

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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