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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎306] (449/1782)

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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111; :
Decadence of
Persia under
Muzaffar-ud-
-Pin Shah.
Ooilflict of
British and
Kussian in
terests espe
cially in
regard to
coinmniii-
cations, loans,
and Customs.
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it will be convenient to deal with the history of the period under the
following main heads, rather more detailed than were required in earlier
and less eventful periods :—affairs in Persia and Turkish 'Iraq and general
British relations with those countries; activity in the Gulf region of
foreign powers other than Britain; affairs in the Arab states and princi
palities 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. separately, and British relations with each;
finally questions of an administrative and official order chiefly concern
ing Britain.
Affairs in Persia and relations with BritaiL, 1894-99.
With the accession of a new Shah to the throne in]1896 Persia entered
on a path of decline not altogether unlike that which Turkey had already
been following for more than a generation, one of the causes being financial
extravagance. In Muzaffar-ud-Dm Shah those qualities of intelligence
and character weie lacking, the possession of which had enabled his father
to maintain general good order throughout Persia, to accumulate treasure
instead of incurring public debt, and to preserve a fair measure of inde
pendence via a vis of foreign powers. Individual ambitions and minis
terial factions, almost unknown under a Shah who had been generally his
own Prime Minister, now became a serious danger to the country.
In foreign relations the ruling note was still the familiar one of discord
between Russian and British policy in Persia; and the conflict was in
process of extending to new areas. The question of railways had been
postponed by Russian action, as before explained ; but a fresh success was
gained by Britain in the matter of road construction, a concession for a
road to connect Ahwaz with Isfahan via the Bakhtiyari country being
turned into account by the native concessionnaires in 1897 through a
British company, not however without corresponding advantages being
obtained by Russia in the north.
Entirely new was the question of financial loans. Some money for
public purposes had been borrowed in the European market before the
assassination of Nasir-ud-Din Shah; but it was only in 1898 that the
requirements of the new r sovereign obliged his Ministers to seek a large
supply of money wherever it could be found.
The question of loans brought up the question of guarantees for repay
ment ; and in this manner the state of the Persian Customs came undei
examination, with the result that in 1898 Belgian experts were obtained for
the purpose of reorganising them. A matter closely connected with loans

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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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