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Studies on the Uesugi family・上杉氏の研究

Welcome to www.uesugi.dk, the purpose of which is to make freely available, to anyone
interested, my writings on the Japanese warrior family, the Uesugi. Available for download
are my dissertation, Uesugi Kenshin: a study of the military career of a sixteenth century
warlord
, and the first two of a projected series of essays collectively entitled The Uesugi: a study
of a Japanese warrior family’s political and military involvement in eastern Japan, 1252-1455
.



Statue of Uesugi Kenshin at Kasugayama,
City of Jōetsu, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
(Image copyright © 1992 by Dennis Darling)



Uesugi Kenshin: a study of the military career of a sixteenth century warlord

The dissertation earned me a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2001, but it remained
unpublished until uploaded to this website in August 2009. Since then it has also been made available at
Humanities Commons, the scholarly website created by the Modern Language Association and various partner
societies. Absent from the original, but added to the one available here, is a page of acknowledgements, but
no alterations to the text have been made; that is, the misspellings, typos and grammatical errors that were
overlooked during the proofreading have not been corrected.

Download the dissertation here:
Uesugi Kenshin: a study of the military career of a sixteenth century warlord (June 2000)


The Uesugi: a study of a Japanese warrior family’s political and military
involvement in eastern Japan, 1252-1455

The following essays have also never been published in any book or journal but were uploaded to this
site and Humanities Commons immediately upon their completion. The rest of the essays in the series
will also be made available for download here and at Humanities Commons as they are completed.

Download the essays here:
1: Early association with Court and warriors and emergence on the politico-military stage of eastern Japan, 1252-1336 (November 2020, revised September 2023)

2: Military activities, 1336-1350 (September 2023)


Dennis Darling

Educated at the University of
Copenhagen, Denmark (MA
in Japanese studies in 1990,
PhD in Japan's medieval history
in 2001).
Please feel free to comment on
my writings at kenshin@uesugi.dk.

Website launched in August 2009 and last updated in March 2024.