The Arabian Frontier of the British Raj: Merchants, Rulers, and the British in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf by James OnleyThe Arabian Frontier of the British Raj: Merchants, Rulers, and the British in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf by James Onley

The Arabian Frontier of the British Raj: Merchants, Rulers, and the British in the Nineteenth…

byJames Onley

Hardcover | November 23, 2007

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The Arabian Frontier of the British Raj is a study of one of the most forbidding frontier zones of Britain's Indian Empire. The Gulf Residency, responsible for Britain's relationship with Eastern Arabia and Southern Persia, was part of an extensive network of political residencies thatsurrounded and protected British India. Based on extensive archival research in both the Gulf and Britain, this book examines how Britain's Political Resident in the Gulf and his very small cadre of British officers maintained the Pax Britannica on the waters of the Gulf, protected Britishinterests throughout the region, and managed political relations with the dozens of Arab rulers and governors on both shores of the Gulf. James Onley looks at the secret to the Gulf Residency's effectiveness - the extent to which the British worked within the indigenous political systems of the Gulf. He examines the way in which Arab rulers in need of protection collaborated with the Resident to maintain the Pax Britannica, whileinfluential men from affluent Arab, Persian, and Indian merchant families served as the Resident's 'native agents' (compradors) in over half of the political posts within the Gulf Residency.
James Onley is a Director of Gulf Studies and Lecturer in Middle Eastern History, University of Exeter.
Title:The Arabian Frontier of the British Raj: Merchants, Rulers, and the British in the Nineteenth…Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:November 23, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199228108

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. British India's Informal Empire and Spheres of Influence in Asia and Africa3. British India's Native Agency System in Asia4. The Operation of British India's Native Agency in Bahrain5. British India's Native Agents in Bahrain6. The Decline of British India's Native Agency System in Bahrain and the Gulf7. Conclusion: The Arabian Frontier of the Indian Empire

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"Meticulously researched...an excellent introduction to the informal structures of British imperial rule...essential reading."--James Canton, Times Literary Supplement