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  1. 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 – ...


  2. 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 ...


  3. 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 ...


  4. 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 ...


  5. ‘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 ...


  6. 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 ...


  7. 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. ...


  8. Muscat and the Monsoon

    Dr Francis Owtram The environment has greatly influenced life in the Gulf and Indian Ocean over the centuries. Before the era of steamships, a hugely ...


  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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