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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎359] (502/1782)

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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interview with a son of the Wahhabi Amir at Kuwait during a visit to
that port in 1903.
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Aifairs and foreign relations of Kuwait, 1899-1905.
As has already been explained, the principality of Kuwait was brought
within the political purview of Britain by the prospect of its becoming the
terminus of a railway from the Mediterranean. During the period under
consideration the importance of Kuwait to the British Government was still
the same ; and eagerness to make themselves masters of the place, which
may or may not have been due to its value for railway purposes, began to be
evinced by the Turks. At the beginning of 1899 Shaikh Mubarak, the ruler
of Kuwait, signed an Exclusive Agreement which debarred him in the
same manner as the Shaikhs of Trucial 'Oman were debarred) from
receiving representatives of foreign powers other than Britain, and also (like
the Sultan of 'Oman) from alienating any part of his territory to foreign
governments or subjects without the previous approval of Britain.
He received in return a written assurance of the continued exercise, on
certain conditions, of British good offices in his favour. Both documents
were so drawn up as to bind, and apply to, the Shaikh's heirs and success
ors as well as himself.
The Agreement, which was in the first instance secret, had no sooner
been concluded than the Turks endeavoured to assert their authority over
Kuwait by various means. One expedient was the despatch of a harbour
master from Basrah with a small military guard to take charge of the port
of Kuwait, but the Shaikh did not suffer him to remain in the place. There
was talk of forcible Turkish action against Kuwait, and a strong warning-
was addressed to the Porte through His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador at
Constantinople, which elicited an ample disclaimer, accompanied, however,
by assertions that Kuwait belonged to Turkey. A few months later, in
1900, the Turkish Government were given to understand in unmistakeable
terms that Britain could not consent to any alterations of the status quo, or
cession of territory to foreigners, at Kuwait. In 1901, after the Shaikh s
return from his unsuccessful expedition into Najd, the Turkish Wali of
Basrah visited Kuwait and endeavoured to cajole the dispirited ruler into
accepting a Turkish garrison at Kuwait j but Mubarak had sufficient liim-
ness of mind left to refuse. The attempt was renewed later in the year
through the commander of a Turkish gunboat, but again it failed, a Liitish
Exclusive
Agreement of
the Shaikh
with Britain.
Threatened
Turkish
aggressions
on Kuwait.
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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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