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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2120] (637/1262)

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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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In 1903 Russia incited the Persian Government, wlio were them
selves indifferent on the subject^ to protest against alleged Afghan eu-
croachments on Persian territory in the district of Hashtadan; but in
1904, steps having been taken with the concurrence of the Amir of
Afghanistan to bring the dispute under settlement by the good offices
of the British Government, so completing a partial delimitation
which had been affected in that quarter in a similar manner in 189
and Russia having moreover become involved in war with Japan in
the Far East, Persia ceased to complain, and the status quo w Mi
^glp' From 1894 the isolated Persian district of Sistan, which had in a
Kussian con- „ ,
test for poli- g r 6at measure tallen out of notice since the adjustment of conflicting
ence in^' 1>ers i an ancl Afghan claims there by a British mediator (Colonel R J.
Sistao, Goldsmid) in 187became the theatre of a very energetic contest for
political influence between Britain and Russia. The strategic importance
of Sistan to India was considered to be great, and it was therefore held
necessary to prevent the extension to it of that Russian ascendency
which already radiated from Mashhad over a great part of the province of
Khurasan. In 1894^ when Colonel Yate visited Sistan, a Russian
Native Agent Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. had been installed there, while Britain was as yet
In 1895-96 British missions from India delimited the frontiers
between Baluchistan and Afghanistan and between Baluchistan and
Persia, and their proceedings led to a fuller appreciation by the British
authorities of the importance of Sistan and of the advisability of ex
tending British effective control across Baluchistan to its confmes. I 11
1896 a British Political Officer was appointed to Chagai, midway
between Quetta and the Persian frontier; Captain Webb -Ware, the
first nominee, visited Sistan in the beginning of 1897 ; and the opening
up of a trade route from Quetta by Robat to Nasratabad, the chief
place in Sistan, running for 463 miles through inhospitable country
within the Baluchistan border, was undertaken. Meanwhile repots
were received of a Russian design to institute, as already described,
precautions in Persia against the importation of bubonic plagu® ^ r0111
India; and, in order to forestall any extension of the apprehended
Russian measures to Sistan, Major Brazier-Creagh, a medical officer,
was deputed from India to the spot; but it was not found necessary
that he should remain there long.
In 1898 information reached the British representative at Hashha
of the contemplated appointment of a Mr. Zeidler as Bubuian Vice*

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2120] (637/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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