Dear Visionary Leader:
We were fortunate to partner with Rev. Guy Sottile, Founder of Italy for Christ in The Italy Leadership Summit. Plans are being enacted for the launch of the Rome Global Hub in the fall of 2020. For two days, seventy significant leaders from Sicily to Switzerland joined us as we focused on the themes of The Rise of the Global Church Network, Life’s Greatest Challenge, Beginning With The End In Mind and The Top Five Laws of Communication. I was deeply honored to have Rev. Ejaz Nabie, Lead Pastor of Faith Assembly, Queens, New York with us. He brought the powerful presentation on, Begin With The End In Mind.
The history of Italy
is characterized by two periods of unity-the Roman Empire
(27 BC-476 AD) and the modern democratic republic formed after the end of World War II. Between those two periods may have been a millennium and a half of division and disruption, but that disruption saw one of the world’s great flowering of art, the Renaissance
Italy, sitting in southwestern Europe, is comprised largely of a boot-shaped peninsula that extends out into the Mediterranean, as well as a region on the core landmass of the continent. It is bordered by Switzerland and Austria to the north, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea to the east, France and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, and the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean to the south. Italy also includes the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Between the sixth to third centuries BC, the Italian city of Rome
conquered Peninsular Italy; over the next few centuries, this empire spread to dominate the Mediterranean and Western Europe. The Roman Empire would go on to define much of Europe’s history, leaving a mark on culture and society that outlasted the military and political machinations of its leadership.
After the Italian part of the Roman Empire declined and “fell” in the fifth century (an event no one at the time realized was so significant), Italy was the target of several invasions. The previously united region broke apart into several smaller bodies, including the Papal States
, governed by the Catholic Pope.
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By the eighth and ninth centuries, a number of powerful and trading-oriented city-states emerged, including Florence, Venice
, and Genoa; these were the forces that incubated the Renaissance. Italy and its smaller states also went through stages of foreign domination. These smaller states were the fertile grounds of the Renaissance, which changed Europe massively once more and owed a lot to the competing states trying to outspend each other on glorious art and architecture.
Unification and independence movements throughout Italy developed ever stronger voices in the 19th century after Napoleon created the short-lived Kingdom of Italy. A war between Austria and France in 1859 allowed several small states to merge with Piedmont; a tipping point had been reached and the Kingdom of Italy was formed in 1861, growing by 1870-when the Papal States joined-to cover almost all of what we now call Italy.
The Kingdom of Italy was subverted when Mussolini took power as a fascist dictator, and although he was initially skeptical of German dictator Adolf Hitler, Mussolini took Italy into World War II rather than risk losing out on what he perceived as a land grab. That choice caused his downfall. Modern Italy is now a democratic republic and has been since the modern constitution came into effect in 1948. This followed a referendum in 1946, which voted to abolish the previous monarchy by 12.7 million to 10.7 million votes.
Three of the most famous leaders include:
A great general and statesman, Julius Caesar won a civil war to become both sole ruler of the extensive Roman domains and dictator for life, setting in motion a process of transformation that led to the creation of the Roman Empire. He was assassinated by enemies and is arguably the most famous ancient Roman.
After exile in South America, forced upon him because of his role in an attempted republican revolution, Guiseppi Garibaldi commanded forces in several Italian conflicts of the 19th century. He played an important role in Italian unification when he and his volunteer army of “Redshirts” captured Sicily and Naples and allowed them to join the Kingdom of Italy. Although Garibaldi fell out with the new king, in 1862, he was offered a command in the U.S. Civil War
by President Abraham Lincoln. That never occurred because Lincoln wouldn’t agree to abolish slavery at that early date.
Mussolini became the youngest-ever prime minister of Italy in 1922, using his fascist organization of “Blackshirts” to propel him to power. He transformed the office into a dictatorship and allied with Hitler’s Germany, but was forced to flee when World War II turned Italy against him. He was captured and executed.
As we continue to move into the 21st Century, we need to remember that over time movements have the temptation to become the opposite of what they started out to be. The first generation, generates; the second generation, motivates; the third generation, speculates; and, the fourth generation, dissipates. The only way out of decline is fresh vision to take us higher instead of lower! I encourage you to pray for a God-sized vision in your life and ministry!
Until The Last Person Has Heard,
Dr. James. O. Davis
Global Church Network
Cochair / Global Networking