Records of the Emirates 1820–1960

ISBN:  (13) 978-1-85207-230-8    Extent:   12 volumes, 8,250 pages, including 1 map box

Editor:  Chief Editor P. Tuson, former head of Middle East archives within the British Library (Oriental & India Office Collections). Assistant editors: A. Burdett, E. Quick.   Published: 1990
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
See sample pages: not available
E-BOOK DIRECT LINK 

RESUMÉ
In these 8000 pages Archive Editions presents a key selection of facsimile original British government documents detailing the history and development of the United Arab Emirates from 1820 to modern times. The set includes a map box containing 10 maps dated between 1826 and 1956 and a set of the genealogical tables of the ruling families of the seven Emirates.
The collection offers historical evidence for the political, economic and social evolution of the seven Emirates. It includes internal and external frontier negotiations and questions of island sovereignty, constitutional and military developments; the Trucial States Council and the Trucial Oman Levies, municipal development, banking, medicine, air travel. Such records complete the historical background to the extraordinary evolution of the Emirate, from desert subsistence economies to modern city states.

DOCUMENTARY IMPORTANCE


The three Records of the Emirates titles combine to create a large collection which provides facsimile copies of the key documents reflecting the developments of the United Arab Emirates from 1820 to modern times. The collections offer historical evidence for the political, economic and social evolution of the seven Emirates. Up to 1947 material is drawn extensively from the India Office Collection of the British Library.
The files include numerous translations and Arabic originals of letters from Shaikhs. These sources are augmented by the reports of semi-diplomatic missions, maps and narrative descriptions of the Indian Navy´s qualified surveyors, who began charting the Gulf waters in 1820 and whose work provided a considerable body of new information on the Gulf in the mid-nineteenth century. Many of them have only been discovered relatively recently among the marine archives of the India Office and are now made available for the first time.
After 1947 archival material on the Emirates is drawn largely from the Public Records Office in London, in particular its Embassy and Consular archives and its Foreign Office archives. These documents continue the economic story through oil concession negotiations; prospecting rights and surveys and the first oil strike in Abu Dhabi in 1958. They include internal and external frontier negotiations and questions of island sovereignty, constitutional and military developments; the Trucial States Council and the Trucial Oman Levies, municipal development, banking, medicine, and air travel all up to 1965. In the years up to 1966–1971 the new subject of the unification of the Emirates arises and the process is covered in detail.
Such records complete the historical background to the extraordinary evolution of the Emirates, from desert subsistence economies to modern city states.

CONTENTS OUTLINE


Examples from the subject coverage:
  • The General Treaty of 1820
  • Wahhabi invasions 1800–1869 and disputes over Buraimi up to 1960
  • The Trucial system and British policy
  • Historical travellers´ descriptions
  • The ruling Shaikhs and regional affairs
  • Relations with Muscat, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
  • British Surveys and explorers
  • Turkish expansion in the Gulf
  • The ascendancy and rule of contemporary Shaikhs for example Sh. Zaid of Abu Dhabi
    (ruled 1855–1909)
  • Island sovereignty
  • Oil exploration and concessions
  • The Buraimi oasis and the boundaries of Eastern Arabia
  • The Qawasim empire
  • The reform movement of Dubai
  • The movement towards independence
  • Federation: the Trucial State Council
  • Abu Dhabi/Qatar relations and dispute re ´Odaid peninsula, 1958; and re Halul, 1959, 1960
  • Summary of Delimited Trucial States frontiers by Foreign Office, 1958
  • Settlement agreed re Trucial States/Muscat frontier by rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ajman, 1959
  • Development of infrastructure and town planning

MAPS


01. Chart of part of the coast of Arabia in the Persian Gulf. Surveyed by J. M. Guy and G. B. Brucks, 1822-1825, and published by J. Horsburgh, 1826
02. Chart of the Gulf of Persia constructed from the trigonometrical surveys of G. B. Brucks, 1830. Published by J. Horsburgh, 1832
03. Sketch of route from Sharjah to Buraimi showing the relative positions of the Naim tribes of Buraimi and Hafit. Captain Atkins Hamerton, January 1840
04. Map of Maritime Arabia with the opposite coasts of Africa and Persia reduced in the Quarter Master General´s Office from an original map by Colonel T. Dickinson, Chief Engineer, 4 April 1843 [Selections from the Records of the Bombay Government, Volume xxiv]
05. General outline map of the Persian Gulf showing submarine cables and the principal places [Persian Gulf and Oman resources and coastal defences, Admiralty, Intelligence Department, 1903
06. Map of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia, compiled in the Foreign Office, Simla by Lieutenant F. F. Hunter for J. G. Lorimer´s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia, 1905-1908
07. Chart showing the pearl banks along the Arabian shore of the Persian Gulf between Ras Tanura and Dubai [Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia, Volume 1, part III, 1908]
08. Sketch map of disputed areas between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, showing Dubai claim of 1949. Political Agency, Sharjah, January 1949
09. Sketch map of various proposals for solution of Abu Dhabi-Dubai boundary dispute. Political Agency, Sharjah, April 1949
10. Sketch map showing territorial limits of various Trucial Coast shaikhdoms as recognised by Britain. After 1955 report by J. F. Walker, Political Agency, Dubai, 1956
11. Genealogical tables of ruling families [from: Historical summary of events in the Persian Gulf shaikdoms and the Sultanate of Oman, 1928-1953, Foreign Office, Confidential PG53]
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Sharjah
  • Ras al-Khaimah
  • Ajman
  • Umm al-Qaiwain
  • Fujairah

RELATED TITLES:


Arab Gulf Cities
Arabian Boundaries 1853–1960
Arabian Boundaries 1961–1965
Arabian Boundary Disputes
Arabian Treaties 1600–1960
Buraimi Dispute 1950–1961 – Contemporary Documents, The
Buraimi Memorials 1955, The
Diplomacy in the Near and Middle East 1535–1956
Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: South-West Arabia: Saudi Arabia–Yemen Dispute
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia 1930–1960
Gazetteer of Arabian Tribes
Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia
GCC States: National Development Records: Civil Aviation 1920–1962, The
GCC States: National Development Records: Communications & Transport 1860–1960, The
GCC States: National Development Records: Defence in the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia 1920–1960, The
Middle East Intelligence Handbooks 1943–1946
Military Handbooks of Arabia 1913–1917
Neglected Arabia / Arabia Calling 1892–1962
Oil Concessions in Five Arab States 1911–1953: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Trucial States and Oman
OPEC: Origins and Strategy 1947–1973
Persian Gulf Administration Reports 1873–1957
Persian Gulf Gazette and Supplements 1953–1972
Persian Gulf Historical Summaries 1907–1953, The
Persian Gulf Précis, The
Persian Gulf Trade Reports 1905–1940, The
Political Diaries of the Arab World: Persian Gulf 1904–1965
Records of Dubai 1761–1960
Records of the Emirates 1961–1965
Records of the Emirates 1966–1971
Ruling Families of Arabia: Documentary Records of the Dynasties of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman
Slave Trade Into Arabia 1820–1973, The
Treaties and Engagements Relating to Arabia and the Persian Gulf
Water Resources in the Arabian Peninsula 1921–1960