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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎259r] (528/544)

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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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*0 • 268.
I have the honour to report that an article m. 3 pub-
lis'«o ' yesterday in the w Kovoe Vrorya w on the subject of the
Bagdad Railway. The article begins by lamenting th^t when
the idea of the railway was first mooted the Russian Forei m
Office abstained from participation, the French followed suit
and the whole enterprise fell into C-ernnn hands. It can only
be supposed, the article continues, that those who control the
foi^nign relations of the Dual Alliance cnlcul tod t;i : t Genian
would not- find sufficient means for so 1 *rgo an enterprise and
would be eompol.iod to bandon it til vour able moment, the,,
however seem to have overlooked the fact that the large kilo-
metric guarantee given to the enterprise by the Ottoman Treasury
greatly facilitated tie finding of the necessary funds, which
were forthcoming precisely in that quarter where official part
icipation was itheld, that is in France herself.
”be article goes on to point out. the great signifi-
I c noa ‘.'nic t 1 igdad Bailimy sc ;e e must h v for Russia, si:.of
the natural overland route linking Europe with India lies through'
The Eight Honble.,
Sir E. Grey, B rt. , 1£.P.
etc. ,

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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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