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The History of the Baptists in Italy



Fascism prevented the relationship with the Anglo-Saxon culture and broke the ties with the Italian left-wing culture. The process of growth was slowed down and in many cases development was stopped. Many places of worship were closed.

The period of war was tragic for all the country and therefore also for the little churches. The extent of the rhetorical effect and the consequences of the war was devastating. All the ties with abroad were cut and so economic contributions for the pastors and churches did not arrive. The missionaries left the country. The churches were left to themselves and tried to survive as best they could. The results were, in a certain sense, better than expected. The churches survived the dictatorship and the war but the work was reduced and in many cases interrupted. Many churches were reduced to extremes and in a state of isolation and dispersion.