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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎297] (440/1782)

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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297
VICEROlALTY OF LORD LANSDOWNE, DECEMBER 1888
TO JANUARY 1894.
-The dominant hote in political affairs during the period about to be
entered on was still opposition between Russia and Britain ; but its prin
cipal manifestations were transferred from the region of Afghanistan,
where a strong administration had been established by the Amir ^Abdur
Rahman, to that of Persia. The removal of the Afghan pretender Ayub
Khan from Persia Baghdad to India in 1888 may be taken as marking
the time of this change.
Affairs in Persia, 1888-94.
In Persia political interest turned chiefly on the duel between British toiitico-eco-
and Russian influence, in which railway construction and other ostensibly bSen 0 ^
economic matters, such as commercial concessions, were utilised as fighting 1}rita . in an(J
ground. The advantage, except in regard to railways, seemed to rest with
Britain, who had also been successful at the close of the last period in
enforcing her wishes for the opening of the Karun River to navigation.
The immediate rejoinder of Russia to the success of Britain on the
Karun was to wring from the Shah, in March 1889, an agreement reserving
railway construction in Persia for the next five years to a Russian com
pany ; this was countered by an engagement obtained by Her Majesty^
Gorernment, ante-dated for obvious reasons September 1888, by which
preferential rights of railway construction in South Persia were conferred
on Britain. A copy of this engagement having been communicated by the
British to the Russian Legation at Tehran in 1890, the Russian Minister
m the following month induced the Shah to give another agreement pre
venting railway construction in Persia altogether for the next ten years.
Even this move, however, did not remain unanswered. Britain secured as
a set-off a preference over other powers in regard to tramway construction
in Southern Persia.
In matters purely commercial, British successes were rapid and consi-
deiable. In 18S9 a British Bank—the Imperial Bank of Persia—was
established with a monopoly of issuing bank notes, and with certain min
ing rights, under a concession of 60 years' duration. This Bank in the next

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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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