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Timeline of Mid-Twentieth Century Central Asia

The Height of the Soviet Era: 1925-1980


Timeline of mid-20th century Central Asian history, at the height of the Soviet era.

1928 Soviet anti-Islamic campaign closes mosques and Islamic courts

1928-1933 Forced settlement and collectivization of Soviet Central Asia

1937 Uighur Muslims revolt in Xinjiang; Soviets intervene

1939-1940 Cyrillic script replaces Latin alphabet in Soviet Central Asia

1973 Military coup in Afghanistan overthrows monarchy

1978 Communist coup in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic established

1979-1980 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

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