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

ISBN: 9781913107314
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): G. A. Bremner
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2022
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 368
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated


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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.


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