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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1970] (487/1262)

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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 Compte de Sercey; and it was charged with the King's congra
tulations to the Shah 5 and with the task of arranging a commercial treaty
between France and Persia. Husain Khan, an Ambassador whom the
Shah had sent to Europe in 1839 on a political errand to be noticed here
after had engaged some French officers for the Persian army to take the
place of the British military instructors who had lately been withdrawn
and the French Mission was accompanied by M. Flandim ; a painter, and
M. Coste, an architect, who in 1840 made a tour for antiquarian research
in the districts of Kirmanshah and Burujird. Simultaneously M.Bore ;
a layman but a zealous French Catholic, was engaged in trying to propa
gate Latin Christianity among the Armenians of Persia; and another
Frenchman, M. Nicholas, born in Persia, was actually employed as a
Secretary in the Persian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
There was thus, for a time, a great appearance of French activity in
Persia; but no commercial treaty was concluded between Persia and
France, and the French military officers in Persia found difficulty
in obtaining their promised pay and allowances. Before the end of 1840
it was clear that the French Mission failed, and its failure was attributed
to British influence,—a circumstance which ^ caused some tension between
individual Frenchmen and Englishmen in Persia.
At length, in 1845, French trade was accorded the same treatment
as that of the most-favoured nation; but, though the Count de Sartiges,
who represented France at Tehran in 1847, successfully arranged a
commercial treaty, its ratification was in the end withheld by Pe»
France had no material interests in Persia; and this fact, while it invested
the French Legation for a time with a popularity greater than that of
the British or the Eussian, did not conduce to the establishment of
permanent political influence. The activities of the Legation were
practically limited, throughout, to the protection of Latin Catholics in
Persia; and its credit was finally destroyed by the change in the form of
Government which occurred in France in 1848.
General political relations of Britain with Persia, 1838-1848. ^
Kthe 8e
The retirement of Muhammad Shah from before Herat was far fro®
amounting to full compliance by him with the requirements of the Britoh ^
1 li,
* See Layard'a Early Adventures, Volume I, pages 327-328.

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1970] (487/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 19 July 2024]

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