Rob Attar

Rob Attar is Deputy editor on BBC History Magazine


(Illustration by Glen McBeth.)

I’ve seen the footage of Neville Chamberlain stepping off a plane waving a bit of paper many times. But what was actually written on the paper and does it still exist?

The Japanese city of Hiroshima shortly after the US dropped the atomic bomb

America’s use of atomic bombs to attack the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 has long remained one of the most controversial decisions of the Second World War. Here, a group of historians offer their views on whether US president Truman was right to authorise these nuclear attacks...

This article was first published in the August 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine


The short answer is that both are correct.

This article was first published in BBC History Magazine in 2012

King Edward IV, who used the surname Plantagenet. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Monarchs in Britain have adopted second names such as ‘Fair’, ‘Ironside’ or ‘Harefoot’ since at least the ninth century...

A c1285 BC Book of the Dead illustration. (The trustees of the British Museum)

In ancient Egypt, the end of life marked the start of a challenging journey – one that could be smoothed using the spells compiled in a Book of the Dead. Rob Attar explores how these books were used to ensure a speedy and successful path through the next world.

This article was first published in the December 2010 issue of BBC History Magazine

Illustration of the New South Wales colony 1823. (National Library of Australia)

Booker Prize-winning author Thomas Keneally speaks to Rob Attar about the early history of his home country, Australia, discussing the remarkable progress of Britain’s 'sunstruck dungeon' at the end of the world...

This article was originally published in the Christmas 2010 issue of BBC History Magazine

Dick Whittington portrait by R Elstbrack. (Culture Club/Getty Images)

I was astonished to read that there really was a lord mayor of London called Dick Whittington. How far does the true story resemble the pantomime tale?

This article was originally published in September 2009

King John, Magna Carta, 1215. (The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

What is the oldest law in the statute book of England still in force? I heard once that it was the habeas corpus act. Is this true?

This article was first published in August 2009

Elizabeth I. (Getty)

Simon Adams and David Scott Gehring explain how the Virgin Queen's little-known teacher may have influenced the religious policies of her reign...

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