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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎239] (382/1782)

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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289
To deal with tlie correspondence for which carriage was thus provi-
ded ; British Indian post offices were opened at various places^ the first
of the series at Masqat and Bushehr in 1864, and the last at Basrah
and Baghdad in 1868.
Telegraphs were of slightly earlier inception, but did not become so Telegraphs,
quickly ready for use as passenger and mail services. After the comple-
tion of a telegraph line between Constantinople and Baghdad in 1861,
under British auspices, there was a pause in the operations. Land
lines and cables were carried from Karachi to Gwadur and thence to
Fao, and fiom Bushehr by Tehran to Khanaqin in 186'2-64i •, but it was not
until ISbo that a gap between Basrah and Baghdad was closed, giving
direct communication between India and Europe via Fao, Baghdad and
Constantinople. The whole of the technical and a large part of the
political arrangements, in both Turkey and Persia, devolved upon
British officers ; and in 1869 British subsidies were granted to the chief
of Persian Makran for the protection of the land line passing through
their districts.
Schemes for railway communication followed hard upon the improve
ments just described.
Mi. Andrew had not ceased to push his project for a railway betwesn
the Peisian G ulf and the Mediterranean, which the occurrence of »3he
Indian Mutiny and the construction of the Suez Canal had invested
with greater importance than before. The salvation of Persia from
Russia was still mentioned as an object recommending the scheme;
and the Porte were believed to favour it, while regarding a change of
alignment to the northward desirable. A strong Parliamentary Commit
tee, formed by the British Government in 1871, investigated the scheme
and reported in 1872 in its favour ; but they gave a cautious opinion
with reference to the desirability of aiding* its execution by means of a
financial guarantee on the part of the British Government; and in the
end no effectual action was taken.
In 1871-73 a suggestion for the construction of a railway from
Shushtar by Isfahan, or from Dizful by Khurramabad, to Tehran, under
a guarantee from the Persian Government, was made by a British
merchant at Bushehr ; but the economic conditions of the day in Southern
Persia militated against its favourable reception.
Connected with this last project was a proposal that steam naviga
tion should be instituted on the Karun River with the assistance of the
Persian Government.
Railway and
navigation
proiects.
1871-73.

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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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