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  1. German Interests in the Gulf’s Pearling Industry

    Dr Mark Hobbs Germany’s desire for ‘a place in the sun’ saw her challenge Britain’s commercial dominance in the Gulf in the early years of the ...


  2. Telegraphs and Typewriters: The Impact of Technology on Bookkeeping at Bushire

    Dr Mark Hobbs New communication technologies transformed bookkeeping practice at the British Residency in Bushire. The history of Britain’s administration ...


  3. Between Freedom and Slavery: The Employment of Runaway Slaves in the Indian Navy

    Dr Mark Hobbs Former slaves employed in the Indian Navy’s crews in the mid-19th century often exploited the itinerant existence of naval vessels to ...


  4. Kuwait’s Majlis Movement: National and Regional Developments Brought into Focus

    John Hayhurst The movement for political reform in Kuwait in 1938 signified change in the region and highlights the country’s – and Britain’s – ...


  5. How the American Civil War Caused a Boom in Cotton in Persia

    Karen Stapley During the American Civil War (1861–65) cotton supplies to Britain’s textile mills dwindled, causing a boom in production elsewhere ...


  6. The Menial Establishment in Britain’s Political Agency, Bahrain

    Martin Woodward There are numerous records relating to high-level British officials in the Gulf, but the letters in the India Office Establishment Files ...


  7. The Accidental Explorer: George Sadleir and Britain’s Entry into Central Arabia

    John Hayhurst The first crossing of the Arabian Peninsula by a European, revealed in glimpses by the early correspondence of the Bushire Residency, was ...


  8. ‘Imperial Boredom’ and Imperial Reading

    Daniel A. Lowe A colonial officer named Hickinbotham illustrates the everyday boredom of administrating the Empire with his practical jokes and escapist ...


  9. The Mobility of Merchants in the Pursuit of Profit: The English Withdraw from Bushire

    John Hayhurst The EIC’s departure from Bushire in 1769 was one example of how, in the 17th and 18th centuries, groups of traders would settle, then ...


  10. Britain’s ‘interest’ in Bahrain

    Louis Allday A candid exchange between British officials in the 1920s reveals the extent to which Britain had intervened in Bahrain in its own interest. ...


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