Dr Gerard Oram
Tutor in War and Society
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 513446

Dr Gerard Oram is a modern historian and Director of the War and Society programmes at Swansea University. He specialises in the impact of war on societies and culture. Research interests include the relationship between conflict and legal structures and his approach often combines historical inquiry with criminology. He has acted as an advisor to the BBC for the World War One at Home project.


Death Sentences passed by military courts of the British army 1914-  24 (Francis Boutle, London, 1998).
Worthless Men: race, eugenics and the death penalty in the British army during the First World War (Francis Boutle, London, 1998).
Military Executions during World War 1 (Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2003).
Conflict and Legality: Policing Mid-Twentieth Century Europe (as editor) (Francis Boutle, London, 2003).

Articles in Refereed Journals

 ‘“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.
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.

Contribution to Edited Collections

”The greatest efficiency”: British and American Military Law 1866 to 1918’ in   B.Godfrey, C. Emsley and G. Dunstall (eds) Comparative Histories of Crime (Willan Publishing, Cullompton, Devon, 2003).
‘Conflict and Legality: Europe 1914 – 1960’ in Oram, Gerard (ed.) Conflict and Legality: Policing Mid-Twentieth Century Europe (Francis Boutle, London, 2003).
‘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)
‘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.
‘A War on Terror: Gas, Morale and Reporting the War in Wales’ in Jean Pascal Zanders Innocence Slaughtered (Uniform Press, London, 2015)


  • HUA101 Theories of War

    This interdisciplinary module provides a survey of the range of perspectives in and approaches to War Studies.

  • HUA102 War and Warfare in the Modern World

    This interdisciplinary module provides an exploration of modern warfare and its impact upon society from the American Civil War to the onset of the Atomic Age.

  • HUA208 The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933

    To what extent (if at all) did the First World War transform modern societies? This module engages with this key question by examining the totality of the First World War ¿ a conflict viewed by many as the first `total war¿ - and its impact on the modern world. The causes, course and consequences of the conflict are explored though a range of approaches: military, political, economic, social, cultural, technological, moral and legal.

  • HUA303 Research Portfolio

    The Research Portfolio is a collection of written pieces based upon research undertaken, up to 4000 words, in preparation for the dissertation.

  • HUA304 Dissertation

    The dissertation is a free standing module in any area of the students choice within the teaching and resource competence of the programme.

  • HUA308 Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art, Cinema and Music

    From antiquity to the present day, war has fascinated and shocked artists, writers and other commentators. This trans-national module introduces and analyses the various ways in which war has been portrayed. It explores reportage, propaganda and escapism through the full range of cultural production, including art, photography, journalism, fiction, poetry, film and alternative digital media. Key themes explored in the module include the portrayal of gender, social class, national and other identities, and their relationship to war in factual and/or fictional sources.

  • HUAM02 Dissertation (War and Society)

    Supervised research dissertation on a topic chosen by students after consultation with academic staff.

  • HUPM03 War, Technology and Culture

    From the late Eighteenth century onwards the relationship between war and society was changed by two permanent revolutions in France and America. Industrialisation, coupled with the growth of centralised nation states dramatically modified the conduct of large scale warfare. In this module students will seek to understand the impact of industrialisation, nationalism, technology and ideology on warfare. The course will follow the development of industrialised mass warfare from the Napoleonic period, through to the era of the 'total warfare' of WWI and WW2 and the limited conflict of the Cold War/nuclear era.

  • HUPM04 War, Identity and Society

    This module is the companion module to HUPM03. It takes a pluri-disciplinary approach to understanding the impacts of war on society and vice-versa. The module evaluates the ways in which conflict changes and reshapes society and analyses the problems of war, its representations and its social outcomes. 'War' in thus not viewed solely in terms of military history, but rather through a broader context of changing social, economic and cultural trends both as a motor for change and as part of those broader changes. The module is taught over a ten week period. The weekly two hour sessions include at least an hour of seminar style `teaching¿, to make sure that there is ample time for discussions, questions, student presentations, etc. Hence, it is expected of all students to read the compulsory reading for each session beforehand, so that meaningful discussions can take place. .


  • 'No plan survives first contact with the enemy': British airborne deployments in World War Two with particular reference to Operation Tonga and Operation Market Garden. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • Either With Us or Against Us: British Preceptions of the Irish during World War Two (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Director - War and Society

    2016 - Present