Building Greater Britain:
Architecture, Imperialism, and the Edwardian Baroque Revival c.1885–1920

G. A. Bremner

Publicaton Date
November 2022
Standard Number
Yale University Press
368 pages, 290 x 248mm
292 colour + b/w illus.

This innovative study reappraises the Edwardian Baroque movement in British architecture, placing it in its wider cultural, political and imperial contexts

The Edwardian Baroque was the closest British architecture ever came to achieving an 'imperial' style. With the aim of articulating British global power and prestige, it adorned civic and commercial structures both in Britain and in the wider British world, especially in the 'white settler' Dominions of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

Evoking the contemporary and emotive idea of 'Greater Britain', this new book by distinguished historian G. A. Bremner represents a major, groundbreaking study of this intriguing architectural movement in Britain and its empire. It explores the Edwardian Baroque’s significance as a response to the growing tide of anxiety over Britain’s place in the world, its widely perceived geopolitical decline, and its need to bolster confidence in the face of the Great Power rivalries of the period. Cross‑disciplinary in nature, it combines architectural, political and imperial history and theory, providing a more nuanced and intellectually wide‑ranging understanding of the Edwardian Baroque movement from a material culture perspective, including its foundation in notions of race and gender.

About the author

  • G. A. Bremner is professor of architectural history at the University of Edinburgh, where he specialises in the history of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, with a particular focus on British imperial and colonial architecture and urbanism.