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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎321] (464/1782)

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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arrogant pretention as Russia has insisted upon in the case of the Northern lake. She
dot s not demand that 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. should be a mare clausum against foreign trade.
She does not impose treaties upon humiliated foes, wresting from them the right to flj
their own flag in their own waters. The merchant navies of the world are free to
plough tliese wares, and to fill their holds with incoming or outgoing treasures. But
at least she must and does claim, in return for the sacrifices to which she has submitted,
and the capital which she has sunk, and for the sake of the peace which she is here to
guaid, that no hostile political influence shall introduce its discordant features upon the
scene. A Russian port 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. , that dear dream of so many a patriot from
the Neva or the Volga, would, even in times of peace, import an element of unrest into
the life of the Gulf that would shake the delicate equilibrium so laboriously established,
would wreck a commerce that is valued at many millions sterling, and would let loose
again the passions of jarring nationalities only too ready to fly at each others' throats.
Let Gieat Britain and Russia fight their battles or compose their differences elsewhere,
but let them not turn into a scene of sanguinary conflict the peaceful field of a hard-
won trade. I should regard the concession of a port upon 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. to Russia
by any power as a deliberate insult to Great Britain, as a wanton rupture of the status
quo, and as an intentional provocation to war; and I should impeach the British
minister, who was guilty of acquiescing in snob a surrender, as a traitor to his country. ■
In the first year of his "V iceroyalty^, in a monumental despatch dated
the 21st September 1899 which dealt exhaustively with the whole Persian
problem^ Lord Curzon^ after describing the interests and position of
Britain 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 terms similar to those used in his book,
submitted to Her Majesty^s Government proposals in regard to the policy
which should be jointly pursued by the Home and Indian Governments
in Persia, especially in Southern Persia and in the Gulf. It was evident
from his recommendations that closer and more responsible contact with
the problem and increased experience had only confirmed him in the
opinion that the maintenance of British political supremacy in the Persian
Gulf was a matter of vital importance to the British Empire.
In relating the events of the next seven years we shall deal in succes- thVsubject
sion with the following matters : the internal affairs, both general and
local, of Persia and Turkey; the nature and objects of foreign activity in
the Gull, principally Russian, French, and German; the significance of
certain Muhammadan forces and movements; the affairs of the Arab
principalities and other territorial divisions 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. and Gulf
of 'Oman with special reference to British and foreign interests and rela
tions ; the response of Britain, in its more purely diplomatic and military
aspects, to foreign activity; and, finally, British official arrangements,
dispositions and undertakings 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. , many of which were
influenced, stimulated, even suggested, at this time by the competition
of foreign powers. Such an arrangement of the subject seems to be that
best lending itself to orderly and logical exposition.

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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)
Arrangement

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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