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  1. The Political Residency, Bushire

    From the early days of its existence, the East India Company sought a secure base, known as a factory, in the Gulf from which to conduct trade with Persia. ...


  2. The British in the Gulf: an Overview

    Louis Allday For a period of over 150 years, from 1820 until its withdrawal in 1971, Britain was dominant in the Gulf, but the nature of British domination ...


  3. ‘Persian Gulf Tragedy’: the Death and Legacy of John Gordon Lorimer

    Daniel A. Lowe The untimely death of John Gordon Lorimer, acting Resident in the Persian Gulf 1913–14, was seen as a tragedy. Yet, his legacy – in ...


  4. A Brief History of the English East India Company 1600–1858

    Margaret Makepeace From its origins as a small London enterprise, the East India Company (EIC) emerged as a powerful commercial and political organisation, ...


  5. Profile: British Baluchistan and Makran

    British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Baluchistan and Makran, as illustrated ...


  6. Episodes from the Life of Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

    Louis Allday A number of key moments in the life of Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa are recorded in the India Office Records. Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al ...


  7. The India Office: The Government, in London, of British India

    Antonia Moon A government department unique in its scope and power, the India Office had a profound impact on the history of the Gulf. Following the Indian ...


  8. People in the Gulf: Native Agents at Sharjah

    Dr Mark Hobbs Verbal abuse and physical attacks from those amongst which he lived, and denigration from foreign visitors; all part of the job of being ...


  9. Qatari History: Pivotal Moments Revealed in India Office Records

    Dr Mark Hobbs From East India Company intelligence to news of the discovery of oil, the India Office Records demonstrate the exchanges that took place ...


  10. Country Profile: Bahrain

    British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Bahrain, as illustrated through ...


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