Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [20v] (41/220)
The record is made up of 1 file (110 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1893-19 Dec 1918. It was written in English and French. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .
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Germany, Russia, France). But it may perhaps be doubted whether our admitted
obligations, under Article 1, regarding the demarcation of his territories would not
commit us to active intervention against any other Arab ruler, such as King Husein,
who might resort to force to reverse our award.
It would appear desirable that, on this question, which affects all our new Arab
relationships, a clear line of policy should be determined upon.
(3.) Dynastic Guarantee.
In concluding a trucial treaty with an Arab ruler, it has not been His Majesty’s
Government’s custom to recognise it as bindiug them to his descendants. But it is
evident that it would have been difficult to avoid doing so ultimately in cases in which
our relationship had lasted over a long period, or in which the dynasty was firmly
established and possessed prestige.
The dynastic guarantee accorded to Bin Saud in Article 2 of the present Treaty
merely follows a precedent already set in the case of the Sheikh of Mohammerah (see
Memorandum on British Commitments to the Gulf Chiefs), and it is hedged round with
This would not appear to be so crucial a question as that of keeping the peace on
land, but the history of our relations with the Sheikhs of Bahrein and Katar shows that
a dynastic guarantee might prove awkward in certain cases, and that the precedent
should not too readily be made into a general rule.
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The file contains correspondence, memoranda, maps, and other papers relating to Middle Eastern affairs and a few other miscellaneous matters. The majority of the file concerns discussions of and proposals for the post-war settlement of Near Eastern territories, including Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula. The basis of these discussions was the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916.
Other matters covered by the papers include events in Siam [Thailand] and Burmah [Myanmar] and the colonial rivalry in the region between France and Britain, the Baghdad Railway, and relations with Ibn Saud in Arabia, including a report on the 1917-18 mission to Najd by Harry St John Philby (folios 67-98).
Folios 99-110 are six maps with accompanying notes that show the various proposed territorial settlements and spheres of influence in the Near East and one showing Britain's global colonial possessions.
Memoranda and correspondence comes from officials at the Foreign Office 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. . Other correspondents include French and Italian government officials.
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The file is arranged in roughly chronological order, from the front to the back.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front of the envelope with 1, and terminates at the inside back last page with 110, 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.
Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.
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