Survey of the cultures and political economy of Latin America and Latin American peoples. Emphasis on regional diversity and national specificities. Processes and events that have had a decisive influence on the region will be discussed. These include colonialism, mestizaje, authoritarianism and state violence, land reform, machismo, religious transformations, U.S. Foreign policy and migration. Focus on the relationship between tradition and conflict as manifested across the region and its impact on contemporary cultures in Latin America and among Latin Americans in the U.S.