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  1. Pearl Diving: Inside the Trade That Shaped the Gulf

    Martin Woodward What was the life of a diver like and how did the trade function? Papers in the India Office Records provide some fascinating clues. Pearl ...


  2. Telegraphy: The Gulf’s Most Admired Means of Communication in the 1860s

    Karen Stapley How do you reduce communication times between the Gulf and India, from months, to a matter of weeks? In the 1860s, the telegraph was the ...


  3. The Response of the Government of India to ‘The Dubai Incident’

    Martin Woodward Keen to maintain peace and wary of inflaming relations with the Trucial Shaikhs, in 1910 the Government of India censured those responsible ...


  4. Twilight of Pearl Trade Sees ‘Slave’ Divers Seek Freedoms

    Dr Mark Hobbs The dramatic decline of the Gulf’s pearling industry during the 1920s and 1930s, saw increasing numbers of pearl divers seek their freedom. ...


  5. The Bombay Banking Crisis

    Karen Stapley In the 1860s, speculation on Indian cotton, followed by failed harvests left Bombay’s banks in crisis and customers struggling to access ...


  6. Oil for Military Protection between the Wars: Qatar’s Request for Weapons and the British Response

    Valentina Mirabella By offering military protection to Qatar, the British tried to ensure access to Qatari oil in the run-up to the Second World War. ...


  7. Invisible Ink: Intercepting Post in Second World War

    Daniel A. Lowe During WWII, secret instructions for the interception of post passing through the Gulf were circulated to Political Agents in Bahrain, ...


  8. Passports and Politics: Britain and Persia’s Disagreements over Bahrain

    Dr Mark Hobbs In 1910, British officials discovered that the Persian authorities at Bandar-e Lengeh were charging travellers a domestic rate to travel ...


  9. Napoleon’s Agent: Monitoring the Movements of Monsieur Romieu in the East

    Martin Woodward Against the dramatic international backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the British in Constantinople, Syria and Persia ensured that they ...


  10. Legal Business: The Judicial Aspects of British Rule in the Gulf

    Martin Woodward In the early 20th century, British Officials responsible for the administration of justice in cases concerning British subjects and foreigners ...


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