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Hi everyone,

In the following sentences, the last sentence is quite confusing to me.

What's the meaning of "reference" in this context and where do the words "from the platform to ... its best representatives" link to?

A European will be struck by the constant reference in the press and

will be struck by from the platform to ....

OR

A European will be struck by the constant reference in the press and

A European will be struck by the constant reference from the platform to... ?

If anyone could guess and have some thoughts, would you tell me some ?

Any idea will be welcomed.

Thanks~

pb

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These statesmen performed their political function, but at the same time they felt a more universal responsibility, and they actively defined this responsibility. Thanks to them there is in America a living school of political science. In fact, it is at the moment the only one perfectly adapted to the emergencies of the contemporary world, and one which can be victoriously opposed to communism. A European who follows American politics will be struck by the constant reference in the press and from the platform to this political philosophy, to the historical events through which it was best expressed, to the great statesmen who were its best representatives.
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Hi,

In those sentences, is it ok to understand "it" and "its" of "which it was best expressed" and "who were its best representatives" as "this political philosophy"?

(At first I thought them as America but later it seems to refer to some value... so...)

And what about them which are marked in red below?

What do you think they mean specifically?

(a school of political science OR America ?)

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These statesmen performed their political function, but at the same time they felt a more universal responsibility, and they actively defined this responsibility. Thanks to them there is in America a living school of political science. In fact, it <<< refers to school is at the moment the only one <<< refers to school perfectly adapted to the emergencies of the contemporary world, and one <<< refers to school which can be victoriously opposed to communism. A European who follows American politics will be struck by the constant reference in the press and from the platform to this political philosophy, to the historical events through which it <<< refers to 'this political philosophy' was best expressed, to the great statesmen who were its <<< refers to 'this political philosophy' best representatives.

You might not realize that 'school' here does not refer to 'a building' or 'an institution'. Instead, it refers to 'a group of people who share a cause and have the same principles and beliefs'.

A simple example of this idea is when we say that two people share the same school of thought.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi,

'Reference' here means 'a lot of mentions'.

There were a lot of references to Tom means 'Tom was mentioned a lot'.

You refer to something.

'The platform' is an idiomatic way of speaking about politicians, who often stand on a platform to make speeches.

Here's a breakdown of the sntence into segments.

A European ( who follows American politics ) will be struck by the constant reference ( in the press and from the platform ie in the newspapers and by politicians ) to this political philosophy, to the historical events through which it was best expressed, (and) to the great statesmen who were its best representatives.

Please post again if you need any further explanation.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks, Clive

Now, I can see what mistakes I've done.

If it's alright, I'd like to ask another questions.

In those sentences, is it ok to understand "it" and "its" of "which it was best expressed" and "who were its best representatives" as "this political philosophy"?

(At first I thought them as America but later it seems to refer to some value... so...)

And what about them which are marked in red below?

What do you think they mean specifically?

(a school of political science OR America ?)

Thanks again for your kind comments~!

pb

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These statesmen performed their political function, but at the same time they felt a more universal responsibility, and they actively defined this responsibility. Thanks to them there is in America a living school of political science. In fact, it is at the moment the only one perfectly adapted to the emergencies of the contemporary world, and one which can be victoriously opposed to communism. A European who follows American politics will be struck by the constant reference
in the press and from the platform to this political philosophy, to the historical events through
which it was best expressed, to the great statesmen who were its best representatives.
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Thank you again~~^^
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