Steven Ujifusa discusses his new book, Barons of the Sea: And their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship. It tells the story of a handful of cutthroat competitors who raced to build the fastest, finest, most profitable clipper ships to carry their precious cargo to American shores.
The largest and most important exhibition of contemporary art in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Parisian Salon was a dazzling, crowded, and crowd-pleasing spectacle. In this talk, we will explore how artists made their reputations at the Salon and how politicians of all kinds attempted to use this symbol of the nation to win the hearts and minds of a fractious public. We will see that the Salon was a site of artistic struggle, a malleable political metaphor, and a space of social display.