Clifford J. Rogers

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For the Governor of Wyoming, see Clifford Joy Rogers.

Clifford J. Rogers is a professor of history at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has also been a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Swansea University, an Olin Fellow in Military and Strategic History at Yale, and a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London.

Rogers writes mainly on medieval military history. His War Cruel and Sharp: English Strategy under Edward III, 1327-1360 won the 2003 Verbruggen Prize awarded by De Re Militari.[1] He has also been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Alexander Prize medal and a Society for Military History Moncado Prize for his articles, some of which are collected in his Essays on Medieval Military History: Strategy, Military Revolutions and the Hundred Years War.

His Soldiers' Lives through History: The Middle Ages,[2] received the 2009 Verbruggen Prize. A podcast of a lecture based on part of that book, focusing on the soldier's experience of battle, has been posted by NYMAS, at He is also the editor of the three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology, which received a Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History,[3] The Wars of Edward III: Sources and Interpretations and The Military Revolution Debate, and co-editor of The Journal of Medieval Military History and the essay collection Civilians in the Path of War.

Although Rogers' work on Military Revolutions has found favor with many historians,[4] some (including Kelly DeVries[5] and John Stone[6]) argue that his analysis suffers from "technological determinism."


  1. ^ "Minutes from the De Re Militari Business Meeting". De Re Militari. March 8, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  2. ^ Review from TMR available online at;cc=tmr;q1=soldiers%20%20lives;rgn=main;view=text;idno=baj9928.0901.012.
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  4. ^ For example Chase, Firearms, p. 224;Gat, War in Human Civilization, p.763; Parker, Military Revolution (1996), p. 185, Gruber, "Atlantic Warfare, 1440-1763," 418.
  5. ^ Kelly DeVries, “Catapults are Not Atom Bombs: Towards a Redefinition of ‘Effectiveness’ in Premodern Military Technology,” War in History, 4 (1997): 454-70; cf. C. J. Rogers, “The Efficacy of the English Longbow: A Reply to Kelly DeVries,” War in History, 5 (1998):233-42.
  6. ^ Journal of Military History; Apr2004, Vol. 68 Issue 2, p361-380