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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎350] (493/1782)

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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Affairs and foreign relations of the 'Oman Sultanate, 1899-1905.
Rupture bet
ween the Sul
tan and Bri
tain, and
settlement
of the French
naval base
question.
Settlement
of the French
flag question.
The general affairs and foreign relations of the different territorial
divisions 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. region call next for notice.
The period opened with a serious rupture between the British Govern
ment and the Sultan of 'Oman, of which the general causes, though specific
reasons were not wanting, were the generally hostile attitude of the Sultan
to Britain and his increasing intimacy with France. The presentation of
an ultimatum requiring him to settle certain claims of British subjects and
give satisfaction on various other points had already been authorised when
the discovery, mentioned in the history of the last period, was made—that
iti disregard of his Agreement of 1891 with the British Government the
Sultan had granted a coaling station to the French ; and the cancellation
of this grant was added to the other demands embodied in the ultimatum.
After a week of unsatisfactory discussions, following its presentation, the
Sultan on the IGth February 1899 at last submitted, but not until actual
dispositions had been made for an immediate bombardment of his palace
and forts by a British man-of-war. A French coaling station was ulti
mately provided at Masqat itself by dividing, in accordance with a sugges
tion made by the British Government, the site used by British vessels for
storage of coal there into two portions, either of which the French authori
ties were at liberty to choose. This was the end of the French scheme for
a naval base in the Gulf of 'Oman.
The question of the French flag in the 'Oman Sultanate, though its
importance had been greatly diminished by the frustration of the project
for a French naval base, continued to give trouble for some years. Encour
aged by British support the Sultan, from 1899 onwards, strenuously resisted
the conferment of French flags on subjects of his and denied the validity of
such grants when made without his concurrence. Contrary views were
maintained^by the French authorities with great pertinacity ; and in U)03,
in consequence of an attack on a vessel flying the French flag at Sur and
the punishment by the Sultan for a quarantine offence of some individuals
connected with another vessel of similar status, matters took a grave turn.
I wo of Her Majesty's ships and a French man-of-war were presently
collected in Masqat harbour, and, while the British Government sustained
the action of the Sultan in regard to the quarantine breakers the French
authorities sought to intimidate him into reversing it. A crisis not devoid
of danger was at length terminated bv an agreement between Britain and

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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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