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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎166r] (342/544)

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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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Sir G. Buchanan to Sir Edward Grey.—(Received December 9, 8-30 p.m.)
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Russia a'nd^fve'thomTf m t Slgllt His Majesty s Government would consult France and
ixussia and give them time to conduct parallel negotiations for whatever arrangement
mrght be consonant with their interests. They trusted, on the othlr hand STn
negotiations which his Excellency was conducting with German Ambassador no
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systems until His Majesty s Government had come to a satisfactorv understand in a-
with Germany respecting the Gulf section of the former railway Ulldelstlmdm g
Russian relations ^ThT* AffairS r™ 1 ? ^ciprocated all I had said about Anglo-
ilussian lelations. The engagement which he had taken respecting the linking un of
the railway systems had been forced on him by the fact that Russia’s privileged
ffdthatif g hehad r no! Way t C r nStrUCti ° n “Northern Persia had terminated this yfar^
renunciLion of her nth^ cf““T " W1S 68 •° n ,. ‘n 8 P ° int ’ and tIlereb y ^cured the
construction of the f h ^ms, Germany might have obtained concession for the
construction of the Tehran-Khamkm line. I said that if Germany once had this
us g bTL n s Exc e ek P0Cket S r ft 1 be le8S than ever disposed t0 come To ternis whh
tt ’ 11 h , E f cellenc y re P ll 1 ed that years must elapse before it would take effect
He had yesterday commenced negotiations with German Ambassador, and would send
me copy of draft proposals which he had submitted, to some of which he expected the
forThS ^reTh^T W r 0Uld exce P T ti ? n - 1 tanked Minister for Foreign Affairs
I found his Excellency calm and rather optimistic as regards prospects of the
reraXtoTm^eHaTBr k^Tp ^ ^ ^ ll6 P e £ ectl * v understood our position with
regard to Impeiial Bank of Persia, and that now that the Kashan incident had been
satisfactorily settled he hoped that there would be no necessity for Russia to have
recourse to coercive measures. ^ 0 nave

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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)

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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