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His [Churchill's ] earliest statement as Prime Minister had looked forward to the moment when “the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the liberation of the old'. He could have added, with all its dollars,just as when in his famous imprecation to the Americans he asked for the tools, he really meant 'Give us the money and we'll finish the job.'Not everyone in the US Treasury saw the exchange in quite such one-sided terms.(A.N. Wilson After the Victorians
Q:" saw the exchange in quite such one-sided terms"---the exchange was between the US dollars and the victory of the British army in the war?

  • Uncle Jack

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    What is being talked about here? Wilson uses the past perfect to refer to Churchill's "fight them on the beaches" speech of June 1940 (which is where the quote comes from), which suggests that he is really considering something later than this, mentioned before your quote. It does not appear to be the "give us the tools" speech of February 1941 either, since this is introduced only as an example. The actual situation being discussed, that "not everyone in the US Treasury saw the exchange in quite such one-sided terms" was presumably mentioned before the passage you quote.

    I expect the nature of their not seeing it in such one-sided terms is described immediately after this passage, but I don't think we can say, just from this quite, whether "one-sided" refers to the viewpoint (British, as opposed to internationalist, American or some other perspective) or to the exchange (The US pouring money into Europe and perhaps not getting anything tangible in return).
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