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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1959] (476/1262)

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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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Fat-h 'All Shah was succeeded by his grandson Muhammad Mirza,
tke son of Abbas Mirza, under the style of Muhammad Shah.
The earlier years of the new monarch-'s reign were disturbed by a
conflict between British and Russian policy in regard to Afghanistan.
This conflict led in time, to a secret collision of British and Russian influ
ence in Persia, of which an unsuccessful Persian expedition against Herat
in 1837-S8 and a crisis in Anglo-Persian relations resulting therefrom
were the chief outward indications. The termination of the Anglo-
Persian crisis was followed by a period of general quiescence in Persian
Under Muhammad Shah, up to the time of the failure of the Persian
attempt on Herat British, Russian and Afghan relations with Persia are
so closely interlaced that to separate them is impossible. We are there
fore obliged to abandon temporarily our usual division of the subject and
to deal with external and internal affairs as a whole under the head of
the general history of Persia.
General history of Persia from the accession of Muhammad Shah
to the Persian expedition against Herat, 1834-1837.
Britain and Uussia were agreed in supporting the claims of Muham
mad Mirza, whom his grandfather had nominated to the throne, and who
* For tlie general Persian history of the period the following are the principal antho-
rities: Lady Shell's Grlimpses of Life and Mannevs in Persia, 1856 ; Mr. R. Gr. Wat
son's Eistory of Persia, 1866 ; Mr. J. Talboys Wheeler's Memorandum on Persian
Affairs, 1871; Sir H. C. Eawlinson's England and 'Russia in the East, 2nd edition^
1875 ; Mr. J. W. Kaye's History of the War in Afghanistan, 4th edition, 1878;
Mr. E. L. Mitford's Land March from England to Ceylon, 1881; Sir A. H. Layard s
Early Adventuves in Persia, etc., 1887 ; and Lord Curzon s Persia and the Persian
Question, 1892. Lieutenant C. R. Low's History of the Indian Navy, 1877, con
tains an account of all matters in which the service of which he is the historian were
and Aitchison's Treaties, Engagements and Sanads, volume XII, 4th
, 1909, includes most of the Persian agreements Of the period with foreign
States. The important sources of information for the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. region are 'Bombay
Gmnment Becofds, SelectionJSo. XXIV, 18 56, and Mr. J. A. Saldanha's Precis
of correspondence regarding the Affairs of the Persian G-ulf. 1801-53, printed in
Defeat of
rival compe
titors and
ment Of
Shah on the

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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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