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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎326] (469/1782)

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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P.ussian
quest oi a
naval base ill
the Persian
Gulf.
326
1897, on the pretext of plague being prevalent in India, provided
with an excuse for introducing Russian sanitary officials and even Russian
troops into the province, and by this means her political influence at
Mashad was greatly enhanced. In 1900 a Russian Vice-Consulate was
established in Sistan, and its establishment was followed by strong efforts
on the part of Russia to overthrow British prestige in that district, so
important to the safety of India ; but, though persisted in for some
years, their end was failure. On the frontier between Khurasan and
Afghanistan, on that between Sistan and Afghanistan, and even on that
between Persia and the state of Kalat, Russia laboured between 1902 and
1905 to create difficulties for Britain by fomenting boundary disputes,
but without success.
Even in Central and Western Persia Russian influence was being
pushed, in opposition to British, from consular bases at Isfahan and
Kirmanshah.
In 1901 a bold attempt was made by Russia, by means of a Trade
Declaration, to procure permanent advantages for her trade in Persia over
that of all rivals. A new Persian Customs Tariff, which needless to say
favoured Russian trade, was arranged by Russia and Persia in consultation
without the knowledge of Britain ; and, but for a satisfactory counter-
Declaration between Britain and Persia which followed in 1903, the
Tariff would have been liable to subsequent revision by agreement
between Russia and Persia alone.
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. region, to which we again turn, the principal ob
jects of Russia were the creation of a naval base in the Gulf and the con
struction of a railway across" Persia by which the military resources of the
Russian Empire could be brought to bear for its support. The advantages
to be derived by Russia from the establishment in such a manner of a
strong position in the Gulf were obvious : besides enhancing her prestige
and giving her access to another ocean it would greatly extend and con
solidate her hold on Persia and increase her power of offensive action
against the British Empire in the East. The design was bold and entirely
new, going far beyond anything that Russia in the past had seemed
actually^to contemplate ; but the moment appeared favourable for its ex
ecution. The position of Russia in Manchuria was supposed to be secure,
and presently the commitments of Britain in South Africa furnished the
partisans of a Russian forward policy in Persia with specious arguments
in favour of immediate action.
During the year 1899 warnings of impending danger reachedJh
British Government from divers quarters. In j VJ arch the
Servet

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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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