In 1887-1889, following the conquest of upper Burma, the British Commissioner promulgated two regulations that redefined "villages" to suit governmental rather than peasant purposes. Furnivall has described the consequences of these acts:You can continue to read the chapter at Google books, as most parts of the book is available online - just to bad the bibliography is only partially visible, and the source of above quote is on the omitted pages. But I will now try to get myself a copy of this book - though out of print a few used copies are available at the various antiquarian book sellers.[The new regulations issued by Sir Charles Crosthwaite, the British Commissioner] abolished self-government over any unit larger than the village, and, by converting the village from a social and residential unit into an administrative unit, cut at the roots of organic life within the village.King Chulalongkorn and his advisers in Thailand made an effort to copy directly the new system of local administration implemented in Burma.
It was new to me that quite some part of the whole thesaphiban reforms by prince Damrong were modeled after the colonial model adopted in Burma. But it's not that much surprising, as many of the reforms done by King Chulalongkorn were at least inspired by the western administrative systems, like the sanitary districts as the precursor of the municipalities were modeled after the same-named entities in Great Britain.