By Tracy Lee Simmons

Mountaineering Parnassus provides the reader no longer loads with a application for tutorial renewal as with a safeguard and vindication of the formative energy of Greek and Latin. Tracy Lee Simmons's persuasive witness to the original, now all-but-forgotten merits of research in, and of, the classical languages constitutes a bracing reminder of the real goals of a really liberal schooling.

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We must allow for these differences, perhaps even encourage them, while keeping a grip on the political and ethical purposes of the postcolonial which engender so much wide-ranging work in the field. THE EUROPEAN EMPIRES The Routledge Companion to Postcolonial Studies has been designed specifically to stimulate our sense of the material and conceptual aspects which are hinged at its core. It has also been structured in such a way as to contest some of the prevailing orthodoxies in the field which, towards the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, are perhaps becoming a little dated.

British plantation owners, like their Spanish and Portuguese counterparts, turned to another source of labour: Africa. THE SLAVE TRADE AND THE END OF THE ATLANTIC EMPIRE By the late seventeenth century the transport of African slaves to Europe and the Americas was already in progress, carried out mainly by Portuguese traders. It capitalized on the economic conditions prevalent throughout much of Africa, 23 MA ´IRE NI´ FHLATHU ´IN where indigenous economies already included the use of slaves or indentured labourers, and where rulers were anxious to acquire European manufactured goods.

Through the process of colonialism, the evolution of Britain and its expansion into the British empire happened together. THE ATLANTIC EMPIRE The next phase of imperial expansion is normally referred to as the ‘first empire’, the ‘Atlantic empire’ or the ‘mercantile empire’ – the last term derives from Britain’s perception of its colonies as an important source of raw material and a potential market. The first colonial ventures into North America were organized by the commercial and financial dealers of London, with the encouragement of the English government.

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