It may be worthwhile to separate to some extent two sorts of "background". One sort is the background and context needed to understand what you've done, and why you'd want to do it, and why it's progress... The other sort (obviously with overlap), is the background to understand the guts/proofs/... of your work.
It is often a mistake to combine the two... somehow in the mistaken belief that perfect logical order is necessary... or something.
So one could have "context/background", as well as "technical prerequisites"... Some readers might appreciate your making the distinction.
... and my joke-analogue is that to explain to someone why an automatic transmission may be better than a manual, and what's involved, ... FIRST say "ok, so you know about the Carnot cycle?" ...