Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [61r] (122/220)
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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assistance, and in that event the only queans left to
France for asserting her influence over Syria would he
to occupy the country militarily. But Sir Mark Sykes,
who cannot he suspected of lack of sympathy for French
aspirations, has telegraphed from Syria that the suhsti-
tut ion of a French Army of Occupationjfwould precipitate a
IS. It would, in fact, he resisted hy the Syrians hy
force of arms; and while the Armenians are perhaps better
known than the Syrians to the Western civilised world, and
might excite more sympathy as being Christians, it weud-d
never he forgotten that the Syrians, as a predominantly
Moslerr^/ would have behind them the sympath y of the
13. Great Britain, with her millions of Moslem sub
jects, could not afford to he a consentiAg party to an
arrangement under which a Moslem people, liberated hy
British arms from a government which, though oppressive,
was also Moslem, would he abandoned to & foreign conquest
again, and this time hy a Christian Power. Could France
herself, with her Moslem subjects, afford to take such
action? And, apart from self-interest, would she care to
assume this role?
14. JJ.Mesopotamia has been occupied more recently than
Syria hy the British forjes, hut it is already evident that
the Arabs of Mosul desire -union with the rest of Mesopo-
tamia, so that wbiek applies to Syria applies to northern
15. H.M.G. have of course no intention of attempting
any one-sided alteration of the arrangements contemplated
under the Agreements, and they recognise that in Syria
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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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