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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2021] (538/1262)

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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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Sir J. Outranks plans contemplated prolonged operations and an
Itimate advance into the heart of Persia^ or even to the capital itself,
tatei ^ ' The objectives to be attained by the first yearns operations were Shiraz
ie ^ 1 aI1( j shuslitar, from both of which Ispahan would be threatened. But
the troops at the General's disposal were at first insufficient for simul-
taneous action upon two lines ; delay in obtaining land transport for a
wci-e jo ^ ^6 prevented any serious movement inland, even from Bushehr; and
je ^ toeiilisi. the restrictions placed on the employment of levies greatly increased the
1 a vailaft^ difficulty, in Sir J. Outram's estimation, of reaching Shushtar. Before
^ of Tiifc leaving England he had foreseen the necessity for a 2nd Division ;
witl pJ and, though one was organised at his instance, he had long to wait for
the reigiji its arrival complete at Bushehr.
^atedtorelslj lu February 1857, finding that the enemy were gathering in strength
^tobul between Bushehr and the hills, Sir J. Outram took advantage of the
e depeniellj of the leading troops of the ^nd Division to make a raid on
sontkil Burazjan, and gained the victory of Khushab. In March, without wait-
l st toGendl ingfor the completion of the 2nd Division and being still almost without
btioncfl cavalry, he turned his attention to Muhammareh, which was taken ; and
fcorjactiljJ the enemy there were pursued up the Karun to Ahwaz by a small flying
bat there b column. The General was preparing to return from Muhammareh to
habitantsli! Bushehr in order to attack a Persian force which was concentrating at
g tkm v i Nanizak/some distance inland, when news of the conclusion of peace
lain neitiJi between Britain and Persia—a month previously—arrived, and active
as ffiigW operations were at an end.
an amiisti It was Sir J. Outranks intention^ had the war continued, to place the
ragemenU 1st Division at Burazjan in Dashtistan during the summer of 1857, the
anent ieif European portion of that force being quartered on the slopes of the lofty
wever, fa adjoining mountain of Gisakan, and to locate the 2nd Division in
and Sir I ; Arabistan with headquarters at Ahwaz or Shushtar. He looked forward
even w# to forcing his way to Shiraz in the autumn of the year, for which purpose
rtunatelj^ he estimated that a reinforcement of 7,500 men would be required; and
eDik^: he thought that, if Persia still remained obdurate, an advance upon
Tehran might be begun in the spring of 1858.
It may be mentioned that at one time Sir J. Outram was inclined,
F Government approved, to allow the Turks to occupy Muhammareh—
^measure which, as he pointed out, would make them allies with the
suaded j 1 ' ritish in the war against Persia instead of neutrals, would justify the
1 fitment of Arab levies in Turkish territory, and would render
>d eW 1 o a ^ a( i available as abase for British operations against Persia; but^
I ein g brought into closer contact with local conditions and coming
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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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