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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎316] (459/1782)

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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tives at those places to take action for assuring the safety of the river, and
there was an immediate and satisfactory improvement in the state of affaire,
In 1897 a relapse into insecurity occurred, to remedy which a system of
water police w T as instituted on both banks by the local authorities under
British pressure, a British gunboat being moreover stationed in the river
the winter of 1898-99 with excellent results.
The arms trade, 1894-99.
The arms and ammunition trade continued to expand ; and the Persian
Gulf finally became a market to which the tribesmen of Afghanistan and
the North-Western Frontier of India resorted in order to supply them
selves with the means of fighting each other and of resisting constituted
authority. This fact was conclusively established for the first time in 1898.
About 1896 the growth of the traffic became alarming. In 1895-96
the estimated number of rifles imported at Masqat was only 4,850, in
1896-97 it was 20,000 ; and in 1897 no less than 30,000 rifles were
believed to have been landed at Bushehr. All the weapons brought to the
Gulf were no\r breech-loaders ; and in Southern Persia, in particular, nearly
the whole male adult population were armed with weapons of precision and
made free use of them. It was ascertained that in 1896 the proportion of
the arms and ammunition entering the Gull: and absorbed by Peisia was
about three-fifths of the whole, while about a quarter was taken by
countries under Turkish domination and the remainder was disposed of in
Arab states and principalities. The great majority of the imports weie of
British manufacture.
In 1897, as a preparation for dealing with the evil, the British Govern
ment armed themselves by formal agreement with power to search ve.se
navigating under the flags of Persia and the Sultanate of Oman for arm
destined for Persia and to seize and confiscate such as might be found, an
early in 1898, under this arrangement, a British steamer was stopped n ^
Masqat and a large consignment of rifles and cartridges removed
her. The action of the British authorities was contested, by the ^
firm who suffered, in a court of law in the United Kingdom, but v> ■ ^ ^
success. About the same time the Shaikh of Bahrain sequestiated a g
stock of rifles and ammunition belonging to the same firm in the
Bahrain ; and his action was upheld, though it had not been 6U ^ e '
by the British llesident 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. . In this case also t

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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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