File 3579/1916 'Turkey: the future of Constantinople' [199r] (406/530)
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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b rom Viceroy, Foreiya Department, 9th September 1916.
Very secret. lour telegram of the 5th instant. Agreement with
Russian (government regarding Constantinople, &c. There may be
paiamount international reasons of which we are unaware for proposed
publication. If not, we are unanimous in deprecating it at this stage.
As regards India, Moslem feeling would only be unnecessarily excited and
exacerbated by an announcement at the present juncture of details of
intended dismemberment of Turkey. This would. inevitably leave deep-
seated resentment which would grow in volume with protraction of war and
thereby add to our post-bellum difficulties. Moreover, if by chance the
intentions announced should not hereafter be fully realised, loss of prestige
would be added to odium. Facts, not anticipatory pronouncements, appeal
to the Oriental. He will accept quietly a fait aecompli, but it is useless to
attempt to prepare ground. This does not lead to submissive acquiescence
but to brooding of which intriguers would take advantage. As regards
Afghanistan, announcement would provoke storm of resentment, and if it
should by chance synchronise with other disturbing facts, such as further
Turkish advance in Persia, might make Amir’s position impossible, and
precipitate war in the hope that such diversion might save Turkey from
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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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