Gerard ("Gerry") Oram is a notable British cultural and social historian, with a particular interest in the First World War. He was a researcher at the University of Birmingham and the University of Swansea, before going on to teach at the Open University. He lectures at Swansea University teaching on a number of modules including Nazi Occupied Europe and the First World War. Oram also lectures at Cardiff University where he teaches the War, Liberation and Reconstruction: Europe 1939-51 module. His seminal book, Death Sentences passed by military courts of the British Army 1914–1924, is on the recommended reading lists of the National Archives and the Imperial War Museum.
His work is widely referenced in the academic literature on First World War military executions;[dubious ] he is quoted in the British national press on the subject; and he was quoted as a source for an Irish government inquiry into treatment of Irish soldiers.
In his spare time, he is a keen time-trials cyclist. He is also a fan of Gloucester R.F.C.
Notes and references
- 'Francis Bootle Publishers Brief profile Retrieved: 8 December 2007.
- National Archives' Library Bibliography: Research Guide Retrieved: 8 December 2007
- Imperial War Museum (27 February 2003). "Imperial War Museum Department of Printed Books Recommended Reading List (No. 359): Shell shock – First World War: Reading List 359]" (PDF). archive.iwm.org.uk. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- The Sunday Times "Shot for being Irish?" November 14 2004 Retrieved: 8 December 2007.
- Republic of Ireland: Department of Foreign Affairs Shot at Dawn report Retrieved: 11 December 2007.
- Centre for First World War Studies, University of Birmingham Profile of Gerard Oram Retrieved: 8 December 2007
Published works include
- Oram, Gerard, Death Sentences passed by military courts of the British Army 1914–1924, (UK: Francis Boutle Publishers, 1999) ISBN 1-903427-26-6
- Oram, Gerard, Worthless Men: Race, eugenics and the death penalty in the British Army during the First World War, (UK: Francis Boutle Publishers, 1999) ISBN 0-9532388-3-0
- Oram, Gerard, "The Greatest Efficiency: British and American Military Law 1866–1918" (Chap. 9) Comparative Histories of Crime, B. Godfrey, C. Emsley and G. Dunstall (eds). (Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing. 2002) ISBN 1-84392-036-0
- Oram, Gerard, Conflict and Legality: Policing Mid-Twentieth Century Europe (London: Francis Boutle, 2003)
- Oram, Gerard, Military Executions during World War 1 (Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2003).
- Oram, Gerard,‘“The administration of discipline by the English is very rigid”: British Military Law and the Death Penalty (1868–1918)’ in Crime, Histoire et Sociétés/Crime, History and Societies, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2001, pp. 93-110.
- Oram, Gerard,‘Pious Perjury: Morale and Discipline in the British Force in Italy 1917-18’ in War in History, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2002, pp. 412–430.
- Oram, Gerard, ‘Britain - Post First World War Mutinies and Revolutionary Threats’ in Kelly, J. et al. (eds) The International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest, 12 volumes (Blackwell Publishing, 2009)
- Oram, Gerard, ‘Armee, Stat, Büger und Wehrpflicht. Die britische Miltärjustiz bis nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg’ in Peter Pirker/Florian Wenninger (Ed.): Wehrmachtsjustiz. Kontext - Praxis - Nachwirkungen, Wien (Braumüller Verlag, 2011) pp. 186–203.