The Concession Gained and Lost, 1914–15

  • Marian Kent


Though the Foreign Office Agreement of 19 March 1914 had provided for amalgamation of the major competing interests seeking the Mesopotamian oil concession, the details of this merger had yet to be settled. Indeed, the grant of the concession, the raison d’être of the whole operation, had still to be secured. Bringing both matters to a successful conclusion continued to require the British Government’s close attention, both in defining points of principle and in supervising their material outcome. Breaking in on these arrangements came war, first with Germany, and later also with Turkey. It disrupted negotiations but provided, in consequence, the germ of an alternative settlement.


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  1. 6.
    Letter from the Deutsche Bank to the German Foreign Ministry, Berlin, 20 May 1914, Die grosse Politik, xxxvii, no. 14888.Google Scholar
  2. 17.
    Sir John Bradbury, Treasury, to the ex-officio directors of the APOC, and to the Admiralty, 22 July 1914, ibid., no. 33561. This was, in fact, a second ‘Treasury letter’, the first having been sent on 20 May, the day the British Government-Anglo-Persian Oil Company agreement was signed; it defined the interests of the Government’s two ex-officio directors on the company’s Board in similar terms. See Adm. 116/1687D; also, p. 49 above.Google Scholar

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