The Erfurt Union 1849 The Treaty of Olmutz 1850 The 1849 1850 AlsoErfurt known as Union the League of the -Three Kings. Started by Frederick William IV of Prussia along with the kings of Saxony and Hanover. 27 states eventually joined and it became the Erfurt Union. It was an attempt by the rulers to have a form of unification on their terms. It had a limited constitution and parliament, though not a very liberal one. NOT a unified state - more of an alternative to the Bund. Austrian Recovery By 1850, revolution had subsided in the Austrian Empire. The Austrians had a new Chancellor – Schwartzenberg. This meant that Austria was once again in a position to intervene in German affairs. The Russians made clear that they would support Austria in any war to end the Erfurt Union threat. The Treaty of Olmutz 1850 Also known as the ‘Humiliation of Olmutz’ by the Prussians. At a meeting at Olmutz in 1850 the Bund was re-convened as it had been before 1848 and Prussia was forced to dissolve the Erfurt Union. This marked a swing in the balance of power back towards Austria, as the Bund was fully reinstated with Austria back in its dominant role as President and actively working against unification. Prussia was not yet ready to challenge Austria militarily or in terms of leadership and create a Kleindeutschland – that would not come until the 1860s.