Why do we call Chinggis Khan’s Polity “An Empire”?

@article{Kradin2006WhyDW,
  title={Why do we call Chinggis Khan’s Polity “An Empire”?},
  author={Nikolay Kradin and Tatyana D. Skrynnikova and Rick Taupier and Nyuudlia Araeva},
  journal={Ab Imperio},
  year={2006},
  volume={2006},
  pages={118 - 89}
}
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