As I understand it, Conservatism, as a term and ideology, can be traced back to Anglo-Irish politician Edmund Burke. He espoused a civil society upheld by, as he saw it, the then pillars of civilisation: constitutional monarchy, state church, and parliament representing the aristocracy. Importantly, this was not simply a continuation of British tradition, which would have been the absolute monarchism of the Torys. Thus conservative movements around the world; explicitly conservative and not just traditional, can be traced back to him and his teachings.
I would like to know if this understanding is true or false, and thus whether logically and historically speaking we can say that Conservatism is to Edmund Burke as Christianity is to Jesus or Communism is to Karl Marx.
I ask because I'm fed up of people using terms like "liberal" and "conservative" with absolutely no understanding of where they come from and what they mean, and so want to be sure I'm not one of them.