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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎364] (507/1782)

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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364
British
commercial
interests in
'Arabistan.
Question of
Xarun
irrigation.
British
official
matters in
'Arabistan.
The principal British interests in 'Arabistan were still, as in the past,
those represented by the Euphrates and Tigris Steam Navigation Company
and Messrs. Lynch. There was a continuance of vexatious opposition to
British steam navigation and of arbitrary grain embargoes. The British
subsidy of the Company was renewed, on the expiration of the period for
which it was granted, in 1899 ; but the Government of India decided to
contiibute to it for only one year longer, their decision being dictated by
principles in regard to a division of financial burdens in the Middle East
between themselves and Her Majesty's Government, not by any doubt of
the impoitance of British interests on the Karun. In 1902 the Persian
Government, to the detriment of British trade^ closed custom houses which
existed at .\asiri and Shushtar and insisted on the payment of all duties at
Muhammareh ; but in 19U3 they were persuaded to reconsider and reverse
this step.
At the end of 1899 the road connecting Ahwaz with Isfahan via the
Bakhtiyari country, work on which had been begun during the last period,
was opened for traffic and materially facilitated trade. In 1904 efforts
were made to arrange for the opening of the Khurramabad-Ahwaz road, a
concession for which was held by a British corporation ; but they were
bi ought to a standstill by an attack in the Dirakwand Lur country upon
two Biitish officers engaged in studying on the spot the political conditions
of the enterprise.
In 1905 arrangements were concluded between an important British
Oil Company and the Bakhtiyari Khans for the exploitation, on the
borders of Northern 'Arabistan, of a concession which the former had
obtained for working mineral oil in Persia.
_ In 1903 - 04 the question of irrigating a portion of 'Arabistan from the
Karun, of which nothing had been heard for some years, was resuscitated
by a Dutch engineer. It was followed with close attention by the British
authorities who foresaw that, if the scheme were carried out under foreign
auspices, it might put an end to British navigation on the Karun without
any compensating advantage to British interests; and eventually in 1905
it was imestigated on the ground by a British irrigation engineer from
ndia, who found it to be unpractical, and who was charged with the
preparation of a more satisfactory project in case one should' be required.
The visit of the British Minister in Persia to 'Arabistan in 1903 has
already been mentioned ; another, to Northern 'Arabistan only, had been
paid by his predecessor in 1899. In 1904, to meet a need for improved
n is representation m the country, the British Vice-Consulate at
ammareh was made a Consulate, and a British Vice-Consul for

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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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