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  1. 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 ...


  2. 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 – ...


  3. 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 ...


  4. 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 ...


  5. History of the India Office Records and Private Papers

    Penny Brook The vast trove of material held at the British Library that pertains to Britain’s Colonial exploits owe their present organisation in part ...


  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. George Barnes Brucks and the First English Survey of the Gulf

    Dr Mark Hobbs George Barnes Brucks was the first Englishman to survey the Gulf’s coasts in the 1820s. But while Brucks’s charts were quickly replaced ...


  10. Births, Marriages, Deaths: Bahrain’s ‘Order in Council’ in Action

    Dr Mark Hobbs Bahrain’s Order in Council gave the Political Agent the power to, on one hand, issue birth certificates, and on the other, to rule on ...


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