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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2122] (639/1262)

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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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of Eussian influence at Tehran^ behaved as strong partisans of Russia and
neglected no opportunity of showing hostility to British interests. Their
persecution of trade arriving by the new British caravan route from
Quetta was as unremitting as it was severe; and in July 1902,the
Persian postal administration in Sistan having been transferred to their
management^ they substituted a service organised by the Russian Consul
for one which the British Consul had instituted in the previou
year between Robat ; Nasratabad, and Birjand, connecting with the
Indian postal system at Robat; a protest at Tehran, however, secured
the restoration of the service between Robat and Nasratabad to the
former British employes.
But by far the most important questions in Sistan were now those of
the Perso-Afghan border and the rights of irrigation in the waters of
the Halmand belonging to Persian and Afghan subjects respectively.
These questions had been settled by Colonel Goldsmid in 1872; but
physical changes on a large scale had revived them. In July 190^ the
Persian Government; under the Anglo-Persian Treaty of Peace of 1857,
claimed the good offices of the British Government for the adjustment of
the new disputes; and their demand was at once acceded to. The object
of the local Russian representative in exacerbating the frontier difficulty
was undoubtedly to create a situation in which Russia might find
opportunity to assert herself in Sistan; and desperate efforts were made
by the Russian Government between July 190^ and March 1903 to
obtain a share in the proceedings. The Russian argument was that the
integrity of Persia, in respect of which there was an understanding
between the Russian and the British Government, was in danger, and
that Russia had consequently a joint interest in the question; but it
was pertinently replied that Russia herself had, notwithstanding the
common interest of the two J powers in the integrity of Persia, declined
in 1888 to admit British participation in discussions concerning the
frontier between Trans-Caspia and Khurasan. Successive Russian
proposals for the introduction of a Russian arbitrator into the case, f or
the association of a Russian delegate with the British Commissioner;
and for the attachment of a Russian adviser to the Persian Commissioner
were successfully resisted.
The British Mission under Colonel (afterwards Sir A. H.) McMahon
entered Sistan in March 1903 and remained there until May I 905,
Many expedients were resorted to by the Russian Consul for incon
veniencing the British Mission and preventing the success of thoir opcrfl
tions; but, like the efforts of his Government to obtain a locus standi &
the matter, they ended in failure. In November 1903 Colonel MeMahon

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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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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' [‎2122] (639/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 July 2024]

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