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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎274] (417/1782)

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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274
Persian affairs and relations, 1876-80,
The Persian throne remained stable, and order was generally maintained
throughout Persia, during this period. In 1878 the Shah again visited
Europe.
The political interests of Britain in Persia being closely bouod up with
her political interests in Afghanistan, it became an object of British
policy to acquire means of penetration into Persia from the southward, pre-
ferably through 'Arabistan and presumably with a view 7 to counteracting
Russia from a new r direction. In the opinion of bir 0. (then Lieutenint-
Colonel) St. John^ who held political charge at Q/mdahar as Resident in
Southern Afghanistan during 1880 81, the events of the Afghan War
had so increased British influence and prestige in Persia that the Persian
Government were at last convinced of Britain's being a safer ally than
Russia ; and the same authority held that the opening of " the Shushtar
route " and the construction of roads inland from Bushehr would, while
they increased the material prosperity of the south of Persia, tend to
produce stability in Anglo-Persian relations by enabling tht Biitish
Government to exert pressure on the Court of Tehran through the Peioinn
Gulf. The possibilities latent in the situation seem> have been perfectly
comprehended by Russia, who opposed the construction of Biiti»h railways
in the south of Persia with a tenacity equalled only by that of Biitain in
resisting Russian railway projects in the north.
Between 1877 and 1879 persevering efforts were made by the British
Government through tier Britannic Majesty's Legation at Tehran to secure
the opening of the Karun River to steam navigation ; but the attitude of the
Shah on this point was one of obstinate resistance, dictated it would seem
by a fear lest the growth of Muhammareh in value as a port should lead to
its seizure by Britain,—a consummation to which close relations between
the Shaikh of Muhammareh and the British representative at Basra ,
gether with mischievous articles in the European press, appeared in Hi.
Persian Majesty's eyes to lend probability. The question of roads v
at first allowed to slumber ; but schemes for a railway to conneot Arabistaa
with Central Persia were recommended to notice by the British dipl^ a ^ u
•epresentative in Persia with the same total absence of results as that
the opening of the Karun.
These unsuccessful negotiations, it may be observed, all toc'v P 14 '
before the exhibition by Britain of a bencvoleni attitude towards P^rs
in connection with the proposed partition of Afghanistan, Suhsequen

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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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