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File 469/1917 Pt 1 'Persia: Bakhtiari affairs' [‎107r] (223/535)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (260 folios). It was created in 10 May 1915-9 Jul 1920. 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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Further consideration convinces me more and more of
(?Tehran) preventing Zil-es-Sultan or any member of his
family from taking the Governorship of Ispahan at present,-
Captain Koel insists strongly on the point that
while hatred of the Russians is also serious factor
prospect of His Highness 1 return is the main cause of
the Bakhtiari irritation and I feel we should urge the
Russian Government very strongly to agree to removing it.
If they refuse we risk as a fresh point seeing 50C0
Bakhtiaris joining the Turks and attack on Ispahan;
Sykes will be obliged to join in defending'the town and
we shall find ourselves at open hostility with the tribe.
Secret ,- I need scarcely point out that this result
would not be at all displeasing to a certain school of
thought strongly represented in Asiatic Department at
Petrograd which has its representatives in Russian Le
gation here and on which Zil-es-Sultan party rely as is
inevitable seeing that Ispahan is in the Russian sphere*
Zil-es-Sultan*s party is already in touch with some of
the Khans of the Ilkhani Branch ox the tribe and if we
allow ourselves to be dragged into hostility with the
tribe, that branch will inevitably fall under Russian
influence and so the door will be opened in the future
to endless Intrigues in the Bakhtiari by a Russian
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The file contains papers, mainly correspondence and 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, mostly relating to the situation in the Bakhtiari [Baḵtīārī] territory in Persia [Iran], during the First World War. It includes papers concerning British negotiations with the Bakhtiari khans, and the agreement of February 1917 signed by Charles Murray Marling, HM Minister to Iran, and the principal Bakhtiari khans.

The file also includes papers which relate to relations between the Bakhtiaris and the Russians in Persia, and the payment of £2,500 made to the Bakhtiari khans in December 1915 by Dr Young of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, in connection with the agreement concluded by Young with the Bakhtiari Sardars.

The main correspondents include: 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. ; the Foreign Office; the Chief Political Officer, Basra (Sir Percy Zachariah Cox); the Government of India Foreign and Political Department; HM Minister, Tehran; HM Consul, Kerman; HM Consul, Sistan and Kain; and the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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 file 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 (260 folios)

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

The subject 469 (Persia: Bakhtiari affairs) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/652-653. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 260; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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