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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library New communication technologies transformed bookkeeping practice at the British Residency in Bushire. ...


  2. German Interests in the Gulf’s Pearling Industry

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Germany’s desire for ‘a place in the sun’ saw her challenge Britain’s commercial dominance ...


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

    Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library There are numerous records relating to high-level British officials in the Gulf, but the letters ...


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

    John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library The first crossing of the Arabian Peninsula by a European, revealed in glimpses by the early correspondence ...


  5. History of the India Office Records and Private Papers

    Penny Brook Lead Curator India Office Records, British Library The vast trove of material held at the British Library that pertains to Britain’s Colonial ...


  6. ‘Imperial Boredom’ and Imperial Reading

    Daniel A. Lowe Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library A colonial officer named Hickinbotham illustrates the everyday boredom of ...


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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Bahrain’s Order in Council gave the Political Agent the power to, on one hand, issue birth certificates, ...


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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library George Barnes Brucks was the first Englishman to survey the Gulf’s coasts in the 1820s. But while ...


  9. Muscat and the Monsoon

    Dr Francis Owtram Gulf History Specialist, British Library The environment has greatly influenced life in the Gulf and Indian Ocean over the centuries. ...


  10. Britain’s ‘interest’ in Bahrain

    Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library A candid exchange between British officials in the 1920s reveals the extent ...


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