Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [59r] (118/220)
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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Armenian territories at that time assigned to Russia, the
Turkish Armenian territories which were to he left to
Turkey, and, above all, the Armenian territories hitherto
included in the Rib sian Empire, though in 1916 there was,
of course, no idea of Russia giving them up.
4. Thus the French are now attempting, on the princi
ple of self-determination, to secure priority of political
assistance for themselves in three large territories in
which they have no footing under the Agreement, while they
maintain that the Agreement is immutable in the cases of
Syria and Northern Mesopotamia, where the application of
self-determination would probably work out to their dis
' 5. This claim is of course monstrous, and we shall be
on very strong ground if we take the line that they must
proceed consistently either on the one basis or the other.
6. We can point out that the three Armenian areas which
the French hope, on the principle of self-determination, to
bring within their sphere, are exceedingly rich in minerals;
that they contain valuable ports and railways already con
structed, and still more promising prospects of future
construction; and that the effect will be to carry French
influence to the Black Sea and establish it along an impor
tant section of its southern littoral.
7. If self-determination is to bring the French such
vast unexpected gains, they will have little to complain
of if in Syria and R.Mesopotamia it causes them certain
losses. But if they refuse to accept these losses, and
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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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