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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1961] (478/1262)

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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 o-ood offices of the British Ambassador that the Porte eventually
reed to their settling at Baghdad, through which they had passed on
their journey to Europe, and where other members of the Persian royal
family were already residing as exiles.*"
Soon afterwards disaffection in Khurasan was quelled by Kahriman
Mirza a brother of the Shah ; further disturbances in the south were sup-
pressed ; and with the help of Colonel Eawlinson, the Guran regiment
under whose command marched from Zohab through Luristan to Dizful,
Bahrain Mirza ; the Shah/s Governor of Kirmanshah, succeeded in
pacifying the south-west. Thus was Muhammad Shah firmly seated on
the throne of Persia; without the aid of Eussia, which had been proffred.
Among Muhammad Shah^s principal native supporters was his mater- ]\0 rza
nal uncle Allah Yar Khan, styled the Asaf-ud-Dauleh, the head of the Aghasi as
senior branch of the Qajar royal family. This nobleman would fain have Minister.
become Prime Minister; but the Shah preferred Haji Mirza Aghasi, a
native of Erivan, who had been tutor to the sons of ''Abbas Mirza. The
Haji was an eccentric character, and by some has been described as
half mad; but he rapidly acquired a commanding influence over
his master.
The influence of Britain in Persia, notwithstanding the decisive part Respective
played by the British representative and by British military officers in
the elevation of Muhammad Shah to the throne, was on the decline and Eussia in
had been so for some years. The transfer of the British Legation at P ersia -
Tehran from His Majesty's Government to the Government of India had
alarmed and offended Fat-h ^Ali Shah, who regarded the Indian Govern
ment with distrust and considered the change insulting to his dignity;
and the modification in 1828 of the Anglo-Persian Treaty of 1814 had
destroyed the reliance of the Persian Court on British military aid in an
emergency. The virtual control of the regular Persian army still remain
ed in British hands; but as a weapon of offence or defence it was useless,
for want of military qualities that no training could supply, except
against Persian rebels. In the words of Sir H. Eawlinson, who himself
had had no small share in organising them, " the disciplined forces of
Peisia were from the epoch of their first creation contemptible/"' Por
these and other reasons the policy of Britain in Persia, which was
pract"^ eUera ^ e ^ ie countl y by good Government, proved unrealisable in
See Mr. J, B. Flaser's Narrative of ihe Residence of the Persian Princes in
London, 1838.

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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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