Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [60r] (120/220)
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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insist here on the Agreement being carried out, then the
Agreement must be taken as the basis everywhere, and on
this basis it is inadmissable that the French should ac
quire Collection of papers folded in half and stitched together to form a gathering of folios. the whole of the former Russian sphere in Asiatic
Turkey and much more besides, while Great Britain acquires
nothing. On this basis, then, either the Russian sphere
must be partitioned between the two Powers, or it must
be assigned to some third Power, to preserve a balance.
8. Obviously, however, the last two suggestions are
a reductio ad absurdum, for the partition of Armenia on
such a basis is out of the question at this stage of the
war, would never be consented to by the American Government,
and would raise a storm of indignation among all the
Allied and Associatted Nations, against which no
Government could stand.
9. But if this is so in the case of Armenia, it will
also be so,in a hardly i&ss degree, in the case of the
Arab countries. The French are well aware that in Syria,
with the poBsible exception of the Lebanon, opinion is
deeply averse from the idea of French assistance, and that
the Joint Declaration has been received with enthusiasm
as implying that the French Government 4o not intend to
force it upon an unwilling people.
10. In Syria there is a de facto Arab Aministration,
recognised by the Allies and unquestionably competent to
express the feelings of the population. On the evidence
that has reached us from the spot, do the French seriously
believe that the Syrians, through their national represen
tatives, will declare for France?
11. It is already clear that they will refuse French
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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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