If by "standard version of events" you mean the idea that Germany was totally responsible for the war, as stated in Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles, you may have noticed that I do not subscribe to that. However, saying that Germany was not totally guilty does not make her totally innocent. Britain's activities in the South Atlantic, the interception of a few ships running guns to the Boers, may have been embarrassing for Germany, but they were perfectly satisfactory to Britain; no need on her part to enter into sinister conspiracies. Britain had colonial disputes with other European nations, like the standoff over Fashoda with the French. Britain's greatest threat in the imperial sphere was Russia, which could threaten the "jewel in the crown" by land and was largely impervious to British naval power. France and Russia were Britain's greatest rivals until Germany thrust herself into the role.