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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎123r] (254/544)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (268 folios). It was created in 1910-1912. 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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From Viceroy, 18f/?, January 1911.
Foreign Secret, Your telegram of 14tli. Trans-Persian railway. I
venture to think that the extension of the Russian zone for the purposes of
the Russo-German agreement is an advantage rather than the reverse. It
was previously possible for Germany to build railway to any point on the
Afghan frontier between Gazik and the intersection of Russian and Afghan
frontiers. It is now only possible to do so after an understanding with
Russia. In view of the terms of the preamble of agreement concerning
Persia, in which our interest in the provinces adjoining frontier of Afghanistan
was expressly stated, we have right to demand of Russia that she shall not
agree to support intervention of any third Power in regions where our interest s,
are distinctly stated in Anglo-Russian Convention, otherwise object of Con
vention which was to prevent all cause of misunderstanding between Great
Britain and Russia will be frustrated. That Germany has the right to seek
concessions in the rest of neutral zone is an indisputable fact. Our oniy
means of preventing our political and strategic interests in Southern Persia
from being disadvantageous^ affected is to remind German Government of
their assurances to His Majesty’s Government, and to repeat when occasion
arises to the Persian Government our warning against grant of any conces
sions that may prejudice our political and strategic interests in Persia, and,
if necessary, to threaten that we will take steps to safeguard our own
interests.
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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, newspaper cuttings, maps and notes, relating to negotiations over the proposed Berlin to Baghdad Railway in the period 1910-1912.

The discussion in the volume relates to the economic, commercial, political and military considerations impinging on British strategy for the international negotiations over the development of a railway to Baghdad.

Further discussion surrounds the motivations and strategies of British competitors in the area; included in the volume is a copy of the Russo-German agreement.

The principal correspondents in the volume include Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Sir Gerard Augustus Lowther, Ambassador to Constantinople.

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1 volume (268 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 2764 (Bagdad Railway) consists of five volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/56-60. The volumes are divided into five parts with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 269; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of 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. Pagination: a pagination sequence in red crayon is present between ff 244-252.

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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎123r] (254/544), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/58, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100064831519.0x000037> [accessed 23 August 2019]

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