Southern Asia 1919: Anglo-Persian Agreement

Only one day after accepting Afghan independence, Britain forced Persia, still under occupation after World War I, to sign the secret Anglo-Persian Agreement - guaranteeing British access to Persian oilfields and effectively placing the Persian government under British supervision. However word of the agreement soon leaked out, leading to rioting and the eventual overthrow of the Persian government.


Changes to the map 11 June 1919–9 August 1919

Persia: The Shah has accepted British influence and British forces are now withdrawing. In the northwest, Simko Shikak is leading a Kurdish revolt.

Afghanistan: The Third Anglo-Afghan War has ended and Afghanistan is now recognized as an independent state by Britain.

Turkish War of Independence: Turkish nationalists have responded to Mustafa Kemal's call for independence at Erzurum, most notably in Erzurum, Sivas, Van, Trabzon, and Bitlis Vilayets.

Transcaucasia: Pro-Turkish uprisings have forced the Armenians to withdraw from Nakhichevan and Norashen. In Mughan, Mughani rebels have recaptured Lankaran and overthrown the Mughan Soviet Republic.

British Protectorates in the Persian Gulf

The British Residency of the Persian Gulf maintained British India's influence in a number of Gulf states from the 19th Century until 1947. These states were nominally independent - and shown as such in most atlases from the period - but all signed treaties guaranteeing British control over their foreign affairs.

The Sultanate of Muscat and Oman was the only one of these states with significant international relations, having obtained trade agreements with the US and France before it signed its treaty with Britain. Maps of the time often show Trucial Oman and even Qatar as regions of Oman.

Trucial Oman was the region to the west of Oman which collectively signed treaties with Britain. The sheikhdoms of this region were often called the Trucial States, and later became the United Arab Emirates. However at this time they had little unity, with no regional council until 1952.

Indian Empire

The British Indian Empire, also known as the British Raj, was comprised of a complex of presidencies, provinces, protectorates, and agencies. Only the top level subdivisions are shown here.

The area under direct British rule was known as British India and made up of presidencies and provinces - a presidency simply being the name for an older province.

Outside British India, but often included within the sphere of the presidencies/provinces, were the hundreds of protectorates or 'princely states'. These were indirectly ruled states, the largest being Hyderabad, Kashmir, and Mysore. The others were either collected into agencies - which might in turn contain other smaller agencies - or fell under the sway of the provinces.

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