The amount of background information required will depend on the topic.
There should be enough background information so you don't have to spend too much time with it in the body of the thesis, but not so much that it becomes uninteresting.
While the body of your thesis will explain the main argument, you might want to lead into the thesis statement by briefly bringing up a few of your main supporting details.
Many theses and dissertations (and some long class papers) begin with a section that previews the entire paper and is so distinct that the writer separates it from the rest of the paper.
If you feel stuck at this point not knowing how to start, this guide can help.
First of all, make sure to really start with the introduction.For many people, getting started with the thesis introduction is the most scary part. At this point, most of your research/prep work should be done and you should be ready to start your introduction.But often, it is not clear what needs to be included and how to make a good first impression to your reader.Start out broad and then narrow down to your specific topic and thesis statement.A good introduction also needs to contain enough background information to allow the reader to understand the thesis statement and arguments.You should also consider readers of your thesis who are not specialists in your field.Writing with them in your mind will help you to be as clear as possible which will make your thesis better understandable and more enjoyable overall. Looking back at your own research, how many papers have you skipped just because reading the first few sentences they couldn't grab your attention?Make a list of what is interesting about your topic.Are there any current events it relates to or controversies associated with it that might be interesting for your introduction?Let the reader know what the purpose of the study is.Make sure to include the following points: The introduction to your thesis should preview what is to come and interest the reader with enough understanding of the key points, but still leave the best for the main part.