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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎222] (365/1782)

The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English. 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.

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Britain with their affairs began into the comparative civilisation and nolo
nety which they enjoy to-day. The arts of peace and of war, there,,»
mcnts of commerce, of diplomacy, of military strategy, had all a part i,
promoting this u T eat change.
Conflict of Russian and British policy in Persia and Afghanistan
to 1842.
Reference has already been made to the concern which the activity of
Russia beyond the Caucasus and the Caspian had begun to arouse, at the
close of the last period, in those responsible for the defence of British
India or connected therewith as military or naval officers.
I he, design generally attributed to Russia was one of breaking down the
1 ersian and Afghan kingdoms, which formed a barrier athwart all paths
leading from her territories in the direction of British India. She was
careful not to proceed too fast or too openly; but to doubt that she really
enteitained some such scheme would be to disregard many palpable indica
tions and to impeach of inexcusable errors and folly all the statesmen by
whom Biitish policy in the Last was directed. It is probable that neither
Russian noi Rritish politicians had at this time any adequate conception of
the ditKculties, physical and political, which interference in the vast, rugged,
um ivilibed zone separating the frontiers, as they then were, would involve;
for of the region in question nothing was as yet known by practical
(.xpeiience, save from the standpoint of the isolated traveller. The scheme
on both sides was to press forward and forestall the adversary in the
acquisition of political influence; this was with a view on the part of Eussia
to aggressive, on that of Britain to defensive action.
In Dr. J. McNeill, the physician of the British Legation at
Tehran, proceeded to England and there initiated journalistic and literary
discubsions of Russian expansion in Asia which soon attracted general
attention. He was assisted by Mr. Urquhart and Mr. Bailli Fraser,
the traveller, the latter of whom remained for some time afterwards
as a sort of "Oriental reporter" at Downing Street. Shortly before his
return to Tehran, where he was at this juncture appointed British Minister,
Dr. McNeill published a pamphlet entitled The Progress of Russia in the
Last, in whieh he argued that it was to the interest of Britain to preserve,
at all costs, the integrity of Persia.

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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .

Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
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Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to 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 annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.

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Foliation: 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. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:

  • Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
  • Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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