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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2125] (642/1262)

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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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March 1905. It is unnecessary here, however, to describe either the
i, a es that had been propounded or the conclusions that were reached.
SC The attitude of the British Government towards Russian designs on
, 0 £ the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. was clearly intimated in March 1900 to the
p ers i a u Government, who were informed that " the control of these
orts by a foreign power might lead to a state of things which Her
Majesty's Government, in the interests of the Indian Empire, would be
bound to resist." Similarly, with reference to Sistan, a communication
was made to the Grand Vizier of Persia in July or August 1901, to the
effect that u His Majesty's Government regard it as of the utmost
importance tha-t Sistan should remain as heretofore under the exclusive
control o£ Persia, and they could not tolerate or acquiesce in any project
which would result in the alienation of its revenues to any other power,
or the intrusion of any foreign authority there." At the beginning of
1902, the British warning to Persia was repeated in more forcible terms.
The British Minister at Tehran, Sir A. Hardinge, was instructed by
Lord Lansdowne, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, to explain that
in Southern Persia Great Britain could not reasonably be expected to
abandon a position obtained by many years of sustained effort; that
she could not consent to the acquisition by Russia of a military or naval
station in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; and that, if at any time the Persian
Government should make such a concession to Russia, it would be
necessary for His Majesty^s Government to take such measuies in the
Gulf as they might consider necessary for the protection of British
interests. His Majesty^s Government, moreover, could not acquiesce in
the grant to Russia of any preferential political rights or advantages,
or of any commercial monopoly or exclusive privilege, in the southern
or south-eastern districts of Persia, including Sistan. Finally, if, in
disregard of British admonitions, the Persian Government were to
encourage the advance of Russian political influence and intervention
in those regions. His Majesty's Government would be obliged to recon
sider their policy, and would regard themselves as justified in taking
such measures as might appear to them best calculated to protect British
interests, even though in the adoption of such measures it might no
longer be possible to make the integrity and independence of Persia
their first object as hitherto. This remonstrance elicited an autograph
letter from the Shah to his Grand Vizier in February 190^ which was
communicated to the British Legation, and which contained the follow
ing passage :
The Persian Government has never come, and will not come, to any understanding
with any power against the British Government, and has never desired, and does not

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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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