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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2124] (641/1262)

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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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Persia Balu
chistan Fron«
tier, 1901-
Bussian and
British ac
tivity in
Central and
Persia, 1897-
Kussian Government in 1902 warmly supported. It was intended that
the question of Mirjawa should be disposed of by Colonel McMahon,
in co-operation with a Persian representative, on the conclusion of his
mission to Sistan; but eventually this was found unnecessary, the
British post having been removed to another site, and the Persian
Government having undertaken to let supplies be furnished to it from
certain villages in Persia.
Eussian trade had by 1899 reached Isfahan, where in 1897 a Russian
Consulate-General had been established, and the supremacy of British
trade in Central Persia was threatened. At the beginning of 1904 a
British Vice-Consulate under an officer of the Indian Political Depart
ment was established at Kirmanshah and was shortly raised to the
status of a Consulate to meet a change in the grade of the local Russian
representative. In the summer of 1904, cholera having been in*
troduced into Western Persia by travellers from Turkish ; Iraq, the
Russian authorities in Persia proposed that the quarantine arrangements
at Kirmanshah should be placed in the hands of one of their doctors;
but this move was checkmated by the prompt despatch of a British
Consular Surgeon to Kirmanshah, with whose help the local Customs
officer was able to carry out the sanitary precautions considered necessary.
Russian and British policy in Persia, 1896-1905.
Such were the principal manifestations of activity by Russia m
Persia and some of the measures taken by Britain for the protection of
her interests in that country.
In 1900, which was perhaps the most critical year of the period; it
evident that Russia had proposed to herself two great objects for ultimate
or even immediate attainment. The first of these was the establish
ment of a Russian naval base in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. or the Gulf of ; Oman,
to be connected by railway with the seats of Russian military power,
the second was the political absorption of Sistan. Both projects were
inimical to the interest of the British Empire in India, and the policy of
Britain was to prevent the realisation of either. Different lines of action
were suggested by various British authorities j and the whole Persian
problem was twice officially examined in London—first by a Conferee 06
of representatives of the Admiralty and Foreign, India, and War Offi ceS!
in November 1902, and again by the Committee of Imperial Defence m

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2124] (641/1262), 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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