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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2402] (919/1262)

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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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Negotiations were continued meanwhile at Constantinople witli the
object, on the part of the British Government, of ensuring the ultimate
efficiency of the line as a means of communication between England and
India. In September 1860 a draft Convention embodying the result of
the discussions that had passed was prepared, but it was not signed; and
the position remained unregulated by any formal agreement until 1864.
In the draft Convention a wire for Indian traffic along the whole length
of the Turkish line from a point on the Austrian frontier to a point on or
near the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. was conceded to the British Government, and the
term of the whole arrangement was fixed at 50 years. A principal cause
of the non"execution of the agreement was a difference of opinion which
arose between the contracting powers in regard to the line between
Baghdad and the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. : this the Porte contended should be
subfluvial for the sake of security from damage by Arab tribes, while
the British Government preferred an aerial line as being less expensive
to construct and more easy to maintain.
In the meantime construction of the northern section of the linej
between Baghdad and Constantinople, had been steadily proceeding; and
by June 1861 through communication had been opened between the two
cities. In the spring of 1861 Colonel A. B. Kemball, British Political
Besident at Baghdad, marched from Constantinople to Baghdad, inspect
ing by the way the entire line of telegraph between those places; an
his report fully justified the adoption of the aerial system in this region.
Extension of the line in Turkish Iraq from Baghdad to Fao
and from Baghdad to Khanaqin, 1861-65.
The work of connecting Baghdad with the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , which was th ^
next step towards the establishment of direct communication between^
rope and India, was not immediately undertaken, as it was u y icer ^ a i 11 v^ e
route would be the best, below Baghdad, for a great intercontinen a ^ v
follow. At one time it was considered that a line through Turkish ei ,
from Baghdad to the Gulf would be exposed to perpetual interrup i ^ ^
the Arabs through whose country it passed ; and the authorities we ]
posed, in case it should be decided to rely on a single ^ route, to l? re p . | c ]j
reaching the Gulf by means of a detour through Persia. Colone
Stewart, however, whose views with reference to the scheme as ^ ^ad
will be described further on, regarded a direct line from Baghdad o ^
of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. as an indispensable part of any general sys ®
recommended that the political arranaements with the tribes n 1 | ve fl
^Iraq should be made through British officers. It was ultimate y i ^ ^
to construct a line connecting Baghdad with the head^of ^ i-j mee tft
way of Basrah, and it was arranged that this land ^ ne ?f 0U - Qulf-
cable from India which it had been decided to lay in the rersw
In the spring of 1863 Colonel Kemball, by arrangement

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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)
Arrangement

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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