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[Photograph album documenting Iraq just before the 1920 rebellion], (graphic)

Label
[Photograph album documenting Iraq just before the 1920 rebellion]
Title
[Photograph album documenting Iraq just before the 1920 rebellion]
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Album of photographs illustrating life in Iraq, especially in the cities of Baghdad and Basra, probably from 1917-1919, the years between the arrival of British troops in Baghdad in March 1917, and the 1920 revolt against the British, presumably assembled by a member of the British Army's 17th Indian Division stationed in Baghdad.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The album contains important images of street life, bazaars, street vendors, Islamic architecture, bridges, "mehelas" or Iraqi river boats, and important antiquities, such as those at the ancient Mesopotamian cities of Babylon and Ctesiphon. There is a snapshot of a British Red Cross ship (the Nahba?), and a German locomotive from the Berlin-Baghdad line captured by the British when they took Baghdad March 11, 1917. Another photo portrays Turkish prisoners, possibly captured when the British took the Mosul oil fields in Oct. 1918, a victory which led to the collapse of Turkish forces. Also included is a photo of the Corpus Christi procession of Aug. 16, 1919, the first Christian procession allowed in the streets of Baghdad, in which the Host was carried by Emmanuel, Patriarch of the Chaldeans, under a satin bejeweled canopy carried by British officers. Portraits of men and women display a veil of distance; distrust shows behind their eyes. Visible in the teeming streets and markets are images of British troops which provide a stark contrast to the Iraquis in their native dress, with their donkeys, horses, and water buffalo. Several photos were taken in 1919 at the 17th Division Headquarters ("17th D.H.Q.") in As-Sulaikh near Baghdad. The black and white photo postcards at the end are views of Basra, Baghdad, Ctesiphon. By the start of World War I, with oil interests at stake, and rail communications to India via Iran and Afghanistan threatened, Britain had set in motion an attempt to subvert the Ottoman and German influence in Mesopotamia. After a humiliating defeat at Kut in 1914, Major General Stanley Maude took command of the British army in Mesopotamia, and reached Baghdad on March 11, 1917, advancing as far as Mosul by the end of the war. The British controlled three Ottoman vilayets--Basra, Baghdad, and Mosul. However, as resentment towards new taxes and land ownership policies grew, the British began to lose the loyalty of the countryside. In the summer of 1920, mass demonstrations occurred, and the British were forced to call for reinforcements from Iran that included air support
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album documenting Iraq just before the 1920 rebellion], (graphic)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by bookdealer
  • Photographs are mounted on [42] pages, including [40] pages ([20] leaves) and front and back pastedowns. All images contain manuscript captions in English, some lengthy
  • Bound in dark blue cloth boards; blind-stamped ornamental cartouche on upper board, containing gold-stamped title "Album."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
31 x 26 cm (album).
Extent
1 album (184 photographic prints, 25 postcards)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell box, lined with gray handmade paper; printed paper label on top of box: "Photograph album: Iraq 1919." Purchase, Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts, November 2013.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)868030513
  • ucoclc868030513
Label
[Photograph album documenting Iraq just before the 1920 rebellion], (graphic)
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by bookdealer
  • Photographs are mounted on [42] pages, including [40] pages ([20] leaves) and front and back pastedowns. All images contain manuscript captions in English, some lengthy
  • Bound in dark blue cloth boards; blind-stamped ornamental cartouche on upper board, containing gold-stamped title "Album."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
31 x 26 cm (album).
Extent
1 album (184 photographic prints, 25 postcards)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell box, lined with gray handmade paper; printed paper label on top of box: "Photograph album: Iraq 1919." Purchase, Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts, November 2013.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)868030513
  • ucoclc868030513

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