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