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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2542] (1059/1262)

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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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Obstacles to
execution of
the scheme.
funds should be provided for a post a at the entrance of the Gulf
was not accepted by the Commission.
The obstacles in the way of the Hormuz project were in fact insuper-
able^ for the Turkish Government refused to assent to the reorganisation
of the Board of Healthy which was a condition of the adherence of Great
Britain to the Convention; and deadlock also prevailed between the
Governments of Turkey and Persia, each of which claimed that their
flag should fly over the sanitary station of Hormuz.
Mission of M, Paivre, 1905.
The French Government, however, who were extremely desirous
that the resolutions of the Paris Conference of 1903 should be carried
out in their entirety, did not drop the matter. In Europe they continu
ed to urge the powers that had made reservations to withdraw them ;
aod in the meanwhile, at the beginning of 1905, they sent M. Faivre,
Inspecteur Adjoint des Services Sanitaires under the French Ministry of
the Interior, to the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. to study the sanitary problem on the
It is most likely that the motives of the French in supporting the
Hormuz scheme were other than political, for the plan was in accord
ance with the French " net" theory of protection, and the object of
M. Faivre's mission was probably to discover a means of inducing the
British Government to withdraw its objections, but M. Faivre relied
for his information chiefly upon the Russian Consul-General and the
French doctor (M. Bussiere) at Bushehr, and in the end he reported in
favour of establishing the station upon the island of Hanjam instead
of upon Hormuz. Such a course may well have been recommended by
both the advisers of M. Faivre in the hope that such a station might
act as a political counterpoise to the British telegraph station on
Inasmuch, however, as the new proposal involves a modification of
the text of the Paris Convention, it seems only to have complicated
and intensified the difficulties by which the execution of the recom
mendations of the Conference of 1903 was already attended.
Mission of Br. T. Thomson, 1906.
In 1905, subsequently to the tour of M. Faivre, His Majesty's Gov
ernment decided that a British expert should visit the Gulf region to
report on its sanitary requirements in relation not only to Persia but
also to Europe, on the necessity for a sanitary station at the entrance
of the Gulf, and on the suitability for such a station at ll ormuz^

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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' [‎2542] (1059/1262), 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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