Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.


(tsôl`fərīn`) [Ger.,=customs union], in German history, a customs union established to eliminate tariff barriers. Friedrich ListList, Friedrich
, 1789–1846, German economist. The first professor of economics at the Univ. of Tübingen, he was elected (1820) to the Württemberg legislature.
..... Click the link for more information.
 first popularized the idea of a combination to abolish the customs barriers that were inhibiting trade among the numerous states of the German ConfederationGerman Confederation,
1815–66, union of German states provided for at the Congress of Vienna to replace the old Holy Roman Empire, which had been destroyed during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It comprised 39 states in all, 35 monarchies and 4 free cities.
..... Click the link for more information.
. In 1818, Prussia abolished internal customs and formed a North German Zollverein, which in 1834 became the German Zollverein after merging with two similar unions, the South German Zollverein and the Central German Trade Union, both founded in 1828. Customs barriers of member states were leveled, and a uniform tariff was instituted against non-members. The customs at foreign frontiers were collected on joint account, and the proceeds were distributed in proportion to the population and resources of the member states. A rival customs union, the Steuerverein of central Germany, was also organized in 1834. A series of treaties (1851–54) joined it to the Zollverein, which then comprised nearly all the German states except Austria, the two Mecklenburgs, and the Hanseatic towns. Prussia, despite the insistence of several states, was unwilling to admit Austria to the union, but the two countries negotiated a separate tariff treaty. After the Austro-Prussian WarAustro-Prussian War
or Seven Weeks War,
June 15–Aug. 23, 1866, between Prussia, allied with Italy, and Austria, seconded by Bavaria, Württemberg, Saxony, Hanover, Baden, and several smaller German states.
..... Click the link for more information.
 (1866) a new agreement was reached by the members of the union. The newly formed North German ConfederationNorth German Confederation,
1867–71, alliance of 22 German states N of the Main River. Dominated by Prussia, it replaced the German Confederation and included the states that had supported Prussia in the Austro-Prussian War (1866).
..... Click the link for more information.
 entered the Zollverein in a body, and the other German states also negotiated customs treaties with victorious Prussia. The constitution (1867) of the new Zollverein provided for a federal council of customs (Zollbundesrat), comprised of personal representatives of the several rulers, and for an elected customs parliament (Zollparlament). In both bodies Prussia exercised predominant influence. In 1871 the laws and regulations of the Zollverein passed into the legislation of the newly created German Empire. Alsace-Lorraine entered the imperial customs area in 1872, and the Hanseatic cities joined in 1888. The Zollverein promoted the economic unification of Germany.


See studies by J. R. MacDonald (1903, repr. 1972), W. O. Henderson (2d ed. 1959), and E. N. Roussakis (1968).

References in periodicals archive ?
Part of the invitation to tender is both the maintenance of the park and the waste disposal in the zollverein park on the zollverein zollverein world heritage site.
Here, you can also have some sense of life underground while the Ruhr Museum, situated in the former coal washery of the Zollverein Coal Mine Shaft XII, houses more than 6,000 exhibits creating a memory and display window of the Ruhr Metropolis, tracing the development of the coal industry, the history of the Ruhr, including its importance in Germany's industrial and military ambitions.
In fact," as a British specialist stated in 1840, "the Zollverein has brought the sentiment of German nationality out of the regions of hope and fancy into those of positive material interests" (Bowring 1840, 1).
If we go further back, perhaps an even more dangerous core event in European history was the Zollverein which created the German state under Prussian hegemony.
Der Internationale Handel, die Handelspolitik und der deutsche Zollverein, Vierte Auslage, Jena, Verlag von Gustav Fisher 1922.
The history of the Zollverein (which led to the unified currency of the 1871 German Reich); of the Latin, Scandinavian, and East African currency unions (which all failed); of the West African franc and the Belgium-Luxembourg currency link (still flourishing)--all offer relevant lessons.
Their workshop is located in the Zollverein Coalmine Industrial Complex (German: Zeche Zollverein), which is a former industrial area in the city of Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Alem da Alemanha ja conhecer os beneficios de uma integracao economica, desde o desenvolvimento do Zollverein no inicio de seculo XIX, ate a criacao do Estado alemao unificado em 1871, o pais se via em busca se sua reincorporacao ao continente, da reestruturacao de sua autonomia e da refundacao de sua legitimidade apos a segunda guerra mundial.
The duo also looks to the minimalist work of Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA, such as tbe firm's Zollverein School of Management and Design in Essen, Germany.
live in the breath-taking atmosphere of the one-time boiler house of the Zeche Zollverein, a former coalmine.
In nearby Essen, for example, the massive, 165-year-old Zollverein coal mining and processing complex has been preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its dozens of buildings converted into museums, galleries, an art school and an open-air park where 800,000 visitors a year tour the carefully preserved industrial components.
la implantacion del Zollverein americano, pero estando la legislacion