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File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [‎96r] (200/530)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (259 folios). It was created in 5 Sep 1916-27 Mar 1919. It was written in English and French. 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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Councils dealing ivith Allied ten-itorioa, and
Hoover dealing vith !.noisy, Asutrr.l and Liberated
territories ♦ dnder this arrangement, lie feared, the
Allied countries v;ould run the danger of being left
unprovided for* mv hoover v'ould naturally see that
., . , , Taking
tne job he uao undertaking vias i/ell done* these
facts consideration,
/he ( ir* nlcycl Georgs) uas not sure
imetlier it uould not/bo better to give the trhole job
to hr* hoover*
LORD RhnDII'TG pointed out that the Interallied
Councils/rforkod satisfactorily because pur choc ing/jhad
all been in one hand.
;.;R LLOV'D GEORGE further pointed out that the control
of the Supreme Council vras no conti' , ol at all* The
Supreme . nr council could not fix the price of food
moreover, uhoever i/ao controlling must
construitly bo present* The Supreme Car Council met
at comparatively long and irregular intervals»
— BALFOUR said tlmt the Conference had had no
time to consider these proposals* In his opinion, the
financial, snipping ana food, aspects of the case required
most careful consideration by experts*
;u\ LLOYD GEORGE agreed* These proposrls v/ould
give i.*r* i.oover great political pouer• lie . as being made
the political diet'tor of Europe, he did not think they
could possibly consent to such an arrangement* At all
events the proposal required most careful consideration*
LORD REDDING remarked that this ams indeed a very
difficult proposition to discuss in detail. He
Mr. Hoover's
suggested that proposals should forthwith be
considered liers in London by i_je Allied Controllers of
Food Supplies* He understood that .... Clement cl mould be
in London shortly, and iv~ doubt tree pi, the Italian
** 5 - representat iv e,

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The volume contains papers regarding the future of Constantinople [Instanbul]. It includes: 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. minute papers; copies of correspondence between the Foreign Office and Sir George Buchanan, HM Ambassador at Petrograd [St Petersburg], and other British diplomats; draft telegrams from the Secretary of State for India addressed to the Viceroy of India; correspondence between the 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. and the Foreign Office; and other papers. Some of the correspondence is in French.

Issues discussed in the papers include: whether the Constantinople Agreement, concluded between the British, French and Russian governments in March 1915 (under the terms of which Constantinople and the Straits of the Dardanelles would be annexed to the Russian Empire), should be made public; the possible effect upon Muslims in India of the announcement of the agreement; and the question of the re-conversion of the St Sophia [Hagia Sophia] mosque in Constantinople into a Christian church.

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (259 folios)

The subject 3579 (Turkey: the future of Constantinople) consists of one volume, IOR/L/PS/10/623.

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 259; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. The front and back covers, along with the two leading and two ending flyleaves have not been foliated.

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