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File 2764/1904 Pt 3 'Baghdad Railway: general negotiations 1910-1912.' [‎260r] (530/544)

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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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Russian territory. Of the five lines technic illy possible
bet cen Calais and the Indian gulf the four shortest pass through
Russia. But while the ridiculous Anglo-Rustian contest . hich
constituted the chief obstacle to the construction of a rail
road fror* Europe through Russia and Persia to India was still
in progress, German enterprise devised the scheme of another
and no less significant route. The Bagdad Railway deprived
Russia of the part naturally allotted to ter by nature as
the direct link between Europe and Asia.
The Bagdad Railjway has an important loc 1 signifi-
Oande for Russia* The riddle Bast is Russia*s natural market,
to which e <Q is bound by geographicallponsiderations but fro 1 :'
which she is separated by the disorganisation of transport
angements. The Bagdad Railway is already stretching out
iron feelers from Bagdad fta Klianikin and thence to Teliran • nd
Persia will thud be drewn closer to that part of Europe vv icn
is geographic fl/lj’ distant * rom her than to sluitboririj, Russia.
The French and the English as welt as the Germans are
now striving tt .ke advantage ox this situation. ^iie frencn
are seekin • a co cession for a line to connect Bagdad directly
i: 4 hei.r Syrian Railways, ahilo the English intend to build
a line a ion . Tigris to the; South.

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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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