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Persian Gulf and Red Sea Naval Reports 1820–1960
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ISBN: (13) 978-1-85207-450-0
Extent: 15 volumes, 11,000 pages

Editor: A. Burdett
Author:N/ A
ISBN: (10) 1-85207-450-7
Published: 1993
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
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The aim in publishing the Persian Gulf & Red Sea Naval Reports is to draw together material previously scattered through two government archives into a concise and convenient format. Most of the documents are found scattered through the vast expanses of the British Admiralty files (one record class alone, ADM 1, runs from 1648 to 1960 and contains over 900,000 pieces).
Some material is also found within the British Library´s Oriental & India Office Collections, specifically in the Persian Gulf Residency files, the Aden records and the Proceedings of the Bombay Marine. There are only minor gaps in the 140-year sequence where reports for certain years are no longer found on the files. The detailed bibliographic listing of the documents, giving file references, provides a valuable service for researchers.
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Historical Overview

The Naval Reports cover the activities both of the Royal Navy and of the Indian Navy until its dissolution in 1863. The three original functions of British maritime policy in Arabian waters are made manifest in the Reports: while avoiding commitments on land among disputing tribal factions, the Navy sought the suppression of maritime aggression, the expansion of peaceful trading and the exclusion of competition. The Reports make clear both the benevolent and the harsher aspects of British naval intervention in past times. During the two World Wars detailed operations reports are submitted. In the 1950s the changing circumstances of the modern period are reflected in successive assessments, including the re-organisation of the Arabian Peninsular Command in 1960.
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Documentary Importance

This publication establishes for the first time a virtually complete series of reports of British naval activity in the waters around the Arabian peninsula during some 140 years. Extensive and painstaking research was required to locate and organise this mass of information, much of it scarcely known hitherto, on maritime and coastal aspects of Arab history. The Naval Reports form a superb and henceforth indispensable source work for research on difficult subjects such as piracy and the slave trade. They also provide a wealth of information on shipping movements, tribal conflict, naval engagements and local maritime conditions.
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Arrangement of volumes

Scheme of volumes:


Volume 1: 1820-1839
Volume 2: 1840-1857
Volume 3: 1857-1874
Volume 4: 1875-1881
Volume 5: 1881-1885
Volume 6: 1886-1897
Volume 7: 1898-1906
Volume 8: 1907-1912
Volume 9: 1913-1916
Volume 10: 1917-1929
Volume 11: 1929-1930
Volume 12: 1930-1933
Volume 13:1934-1936
Volume 14: 1936-1941
Volume 15: 1941-1960

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Contents Outline

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Key documents

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Editor's Introduction

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Related Titles:
Arabian Treaties 1600–1960
British Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction in the Gulf 1913–1971
Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: Iran in the Persian Gulf 1820–1966
Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: Lower Gulf Islands: Abu Musa And The Tunbs Dispute
GCC States: National Development Records: Communications & Transport 1860–1960, The
History of the Indian Navy 1613–1863
Islands and Maritime Boundaries of the Gulf 1798–1960
Persian Gulf Administration Reports 1873–1957
Persian Gulf Gazette and Supplements 1953–1972
Persian Gulf Historical Summaries 1907–1953, The
Persian Gulf Pilot 1864–1932, The
Persian Gulf Précis, The
Persian Gulf Trade Reports 1905–1940, The
Political Diaries of the Arab World: Persian Gulf 1904–1965
Slave Trade Into Arabia 1820–1973, The
Survey of the Shores and Islands of the Persian Gulf 1820–1829
Treaties and Engagements Relating to Arabia and the Persian Gulf