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ISBN: (13) 978-1-85207-336-7
Extent: 2 volumes, 1,160 pages



Editor: N/A
Author:C.R. Low
ISBN: (10) 1-85207-336-5
Published: 1992
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
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Resumé

Low´s work has never been surpassed as a history of the maritime arm of India´s foreign policy. First published in 1877, it was out of print for many years, but it has remained the basis for studies of campaigns and exploration wherever the Bombay Marine operated, in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Laccadives, Maldives and west coast of India, the Andamans, Java and Burma.
 
This is a facsimile reprint of the two-volume 1877 edition. It is an important information source for British naval activity in the Gulf in the early and mid-19th century, when British relations with the Gulf shaikhdoms were being consolidated. ‘Many episodes …’ (in the author´s words) ‘are, for the first time disentombed from musty records and despatches, and brought before the public in the form of a connected narrative. Of such a nature are many passages in the early history of the Service, such as the operations against the Joasmi pirates and, generally, in the Persian Gulf, against the Beni-Boo-Ali Arabs…’. Included are detailed accounts of the hydrographic surveys by the Indian Navy, including the surveys of the Persian Gulf.
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Historical Overview

C. R. Low, a retired officer, compiled his monumental History fourteen years after the Indian Navy was precipitately disbanded in 1863 in the military reorganisation which followed the 1858 India Act. Much of the East India Company archives in London for the Bombay Marine and Indian Navy had been destroyed in the move from East India House to Whitehall after 1861, and Low had the advantage, as no one since, of the fresh recollections of retired officers.

Low´s work has never been surpassed, nor even approached, as a history of the maritime arm of India´s foreign policy in the first half of the nineteenth century. Though many years out of print, it has remained the basis for academic studies of campaigns and exploration wherever the Bombay Marine operated, in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and Arabian Sea, the Laccadives, Maldives and west coast of India, the Andamans, Java and Burma.

The History of the Indian Navy serves particularly as an important source of information for the history of the British presence in the Gulf. For over two centuries the Bombay Marine effectively was the British presence, acting as police force, mail carrier, explorer, ethnographer, surveyor, and (when necessary) strike force. Sir James Elphinstone paid tribute in the Commons in 1862: ´The officers had an intimate knowledge of the usages and customs of the tribes of the Persian Gulf, and were by that means, and by the semi-diplomatic character which they possessed, enabled to preserve the peace of the country´.

The historical style may now seem dated, but the comprehensiveness of Low´s narrative preserves the freshness of his work over 115 years. This reprint makes available again a basic guide for continuing research in political and administrative archives in London, Bombay and the Gulf into the administration of British operations in the Gulf in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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Documentary Importance



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Arrangement of volumes



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Contents Outline

Some references pertaining to the Gulf region

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Key documents



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Maps




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Editor's Introduction



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Related Titles:
Islands and Maritime Boundaries of the Gulf 1798–1960
Persian Gulf Administration Reports 1873–1957
Persian Gulf and Red Sea Naval Reports 1820–1960
Persian Gulf Gazette and Supplements 1953–1972
Persian Gulf Historical Summaries 1907–1953, The
Persian Gulf Pilot 1864–1932, The
Persian Gulf Précis, The
Records of the Persian Gulf Pearl Fisheries 1857–1962
Slave Trade Into Arabia 1820–1973, The
Survey of the Shores and Islands of the Persian Gulf 1820–1829


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